Matthew 13:31-58

Matthew 13:31-58 continues Jesus teaching in parables.  He talks about the mustard seed which is “the smallest of all seeds” yet when it grows up it is “larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree”.  He also talks about leaven in the flour, the hidden treasure in a field, the pearl of great value, and the fishing net thrown into the sea.  He talks in parables for a reason.  It was “to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet”.  Jesus is fulfilling prophecy as he teaches in parables to the people.  The disciples ask him to go back and explain the parable of the weeds to them.  We read that yesterday so as a refresher – remember that someone comes and sows weeds amongst the wheat crop and they have to be separated at harvest.  Here are the pieces of that parable and Jesus explanation of their role:

–      “One who sows = the Son of Man

–      Field = world

–      Good seed = children of the kingdom

–      Weeds = sons of the evil one

–      Enemy who sowed = the devil

–      Harvest = close of the age

–      Reapers = angels”

Lots of players in this parable, but Jesus is clear as He gives the meaning and it is a very important parable for us to understand.  He teaches: “Just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the 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 law-breakers and throw them into the fiery furnace…..then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father”.  Jesus tells us that the day is coming when we will be separated based on how we have dealt with sin.  Those who fail to deal with it will deal with judgment and face a very hot eternity.  This is critical stuff – eternity is a very long time and how we live and deal with our sin problem will determine how we spend it.  Jesus gives another view when He explains the parable of the net.  He says “the angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace”.  It will not be well for those who have not cleaned up their life.  We can’t do that on our own.  It is only by the gift of grace through Jesus that sin can be taken away and we can enter into a right relationship with the Father.  He alone is our way of getting right with God.  We have to make sure we are taking care of the sin in our life.  It isn’t optional. It is the truth of God’s Word that we must address.  Jesus goes back home to teach and preach and finds people unwilling to listen and believe.  In fact, “they took offense at Him” and “He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief”.  Don’t fall into that response to Jesus.  He is the Savior, the one and only way for us to enter eternity with God.  Don’t be like the people of His hometown and miss the wonder of His grace.  Seek and find Him today!  

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