By Janie Corley
And Jesus said, “The one who sows good seed is the Son of Man and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, those are the sons of the Kingdom, and tares (weeds) are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil….” Matthew 13:37
Farmers hate weeds. There is no doubt in our minds that weeds are from the devil. Over the years, farmers have fought weeds with a hoe and long hours, or a mule and cultivator, or even chemicals to destroy the weeds that threaten our crops.
So, just what is a weed? Aren’t all plants created by God for a purpose? Scripture plainly says that “tares” are planted with the good seed by the evil one.
For years, we have grown pumpkins on our farm for people to pick out of the field. Each fall as the pumpkin vines die back, there are these dainty vines with pretty little purple flowers that make for a bright patch of beauty among the dying plants. These harmless little vines are not really a nuisance, but this year, it’s another story.
For the first time ever, the weed suppressants that we sprayed on our fields did not defeat the morning glories. And those “cute” little flowers and “innocent” little vines are choking out huge portions of the crop, literally entwining themselves around the vines and reducing the opportunity for the pumpkin plants to thrive and produce their fruit.
Now, we have a problem. Most weeds can simply be pulled from the field but not a morning glory. It’s wrapped around leaves, vines and fruit and to destroy the morning glory would destroy the pumpkin plant.
In Matthew 13:29, in Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds, the farmer told the workers not to pull up the weeds but leave them till harvest or it would uproot the crop.
As I write this, the time of harvest is near. It’s only a few days before we will begin picking gourds and pumpkins to decorate our farm. Visitors will arrive to pick their favorite fall decorations, and that pretty little vine, that cute little flower, today, is not so pretty. It has choked out fruit and made the field a very difficult patch from which to pick — similar to the enemy.
The sin that looks attractive sneaks in and chokes out life. It seemed innocent enough at the time, and yet as it grows and develops in our lives; it strangles the harvest. Jesus cautions us that at the end of the age, His angels will separate those who cause sin and do evil and throw them into the fiery furnace and those who are righteous will shine like the sun in the Father’s kingdom. What a vivid contrast of good and evil.
As we work this farm, the Lord reminds us daily of His truths. Jesus talked about farming all the time because there is so much here that shows us the image of who God is.
As we harvest this crop, we are reminded of His words that tell us that we will reap what we sow. We are so thankful that He is Lord of the Harvest because in His great love for us, even when we have sown destruction and evil in the past or failed to care properly for the fruit we are developing, His saving grace wipes that away and we are given a new chance.
Our righteousness and our harvest will shine like the sun in the Father’s kingdom because of His great love for us.