There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”

He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

There is a hubbub these days about a young pastor who wrote a book that espouses something different that a traditional view of hell. Passages like this one are somewhat problematic for that view. In this explanation of the parable Jesus indicates that:
  1. The good news has been sown by the Son of God himself.
  2. The consequences in the end will be different for the righteous and the unrighteous.
  3. The unrighteous will go to a place of weeping.
Interesting that Jesus does not mention Hell or Gehenna in this explanation but uses the example of a fiery furnace. Obviously the furnace is not literal, as we know it anyways, because we are talking about spiritual, not physical, bodies. So I do not think the actual attributes of hell (or heaven for that matter) are all that important. But the teaching that the consequences will be different is a very important one.

Some believe that these negative consequences portrayed by Jesus are real yet will be temporary. They believe that the unrighteous will be given a chance to repent after they die and change their destination. I think that is a fine notion but I have to wonder if these will even repent then. And of course no one really knows what it will be like to live in a timeless existence.. perhaps nothing will be temporary after we die.

I trust you Lord to sort out the consequences of our actions after we die.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bob;
    Great Parable of the Sewer and the Seed; there is a common mistake with passages like that, we generally put them into a feature time and miss the fact that it is happening right in front of our eyes.
    If we listen carefully we might hear the wicked weeping and gnashing their teeth in their misery and destruction (Matt. 13:42). If that is not hell, then what is?
    Perhaps we also might see the righteous shining brightly in their heavenly Fathers Kingdom of Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Let him who has ears, let him hear (v.43).
    Regards Paul


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