Matthew 13:36-43 Blaze or Shine

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Blaze or Shine

Jesus, the fate of human beings is terrible to behold.  The fate of the righteous induces terror because of the radiance of a redeemed soul in the human being.  The fate of the damned is unspeakably horrible.  I just saw the movie Anna Karenina.  Those who choose to follow only their passions have a moment of pleasure, but the torment of regret in the face of forgiveness and goodness drives the adulteress to her death.  Death is no escape from the pain of goodness.  Goodness seers into us all.  I can not stand long in the face of goodness because I don’t feel like I belong.  I want shade and shadow where I can hide from perfection.

However, we are renewed.  The soul has been reborn.  The spirit within me has come to life.  I have been cleansed and I will shine.  I thank you , Jesus, for purchasing this for me.  I pray that I would value what I could not earn for myself.

Questions

  1. Who are the wheat and weeds?
  2. What causes are weeded out?
  3. What is evil and who does it?
  4. Will you blaze or shine?
  5. In what is your confidence based?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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