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The Wheat and Tares (Weeds)

Look Master, there are weeds in the wheat!

Application:

Rather than reject Him and be lost forever, children need to accept Jesus as Saviour.

Text:

Matthew 13:24-30 and 13:36-43.

 

An Enemy Sows Weeds:

On day as Jesus was preaching to a crowd, He told them a parable about the kingdom of Heaven being like a farmer who sowed good seed in his field.   But while everyone was sleeping, the farmer's enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat seeds and then crept away.

The wheat seeds sprouted and grew until they matured and formed heads, but the weeds also appeared among the wheat!  The owner's servants came to him and asked, "Sir, didn't you plant good seed in your field?  Then where did all these weeds come from?"  The farmer replied, "It was an enemy that did this!"  The servants then asked, "Do you want us to go and pull up all the weeds?"

"No," answered the farmer, "Because while you are pulling up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them, so let them both grow together until the harvest.  Then I will tell the harvesters to first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, and then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn."

Jesus Explains:

After Jesus had sent the crowd away, and He went into the house with His disciples.  They then asked Jesus to explain what the parable of the weeds meant.  Jesus explained that He was the farmer who sowed the seed, and that the field is the world, and the good seeds are people who have given their lives to God.

The weeds are the those who haven't given their hearts to Jesus, and who listen to the devil, and the devil is the enemy who sowed the weeds.  All he wants to do is to draw children away from God, and get them lost in the world chasing thrills and pleasure, and all kinds of sinful things.

The harvest is the end of the world where the angels will be the harvesters.  Jesus will send His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom every person who is a sinner and who sins and does evil.  They will be thrown into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping, and great pain and torment.  However, all those who are righteous and belong to God will shine like the sun in the Kingdom God in Heaven.

Wheat and Weeds:

The farmer in Jesus' story would not allow his servants to pull up the weeds.  Why did he stop them? (Let the children respond).  Because while the wheat and the weeds were growing, both were very similar green plants.  It would be hard to see the difference and the servants could easily pull up some of the wheat by mistake.

But at harvest time, the weeds would stay green, while the wheat ripened into a golden yellow colour.  And so at this time it would be easy to pull up the weeds first before harvesting the wheat!

Accept Jesus as Saviour:

Jesus finished His parable by saying, "He who has ears, let him hear".   In the Bible, "Hearing" means to listen, and to take in what has been said, and to then go and do what is required.

Do you hear, dear child?  This story gives a stern warning that Jesus is coming soon and that we need to be ready for His return.  To be ready, you need to have accepted Jesus into your heart as your Saviour, rather than reject Him, and be like a weed and be lost.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Best Friend, Lord and Saviour then you are one of God's children.  You then belong to God and when Jesus returns or if you should die before He returns, you will go to Heaven and live with Him for ever.

Are you going to be a weed or good wheat?  The choice is yours!

God bless.

 

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