Rev. Peter Greiner
Sun 22 Mar
When you are working your way through a Book of the Bible as we are with the Gospel of Matthew, it is often surprising how the scripture passage corelates with what is happening in the world around us. In Matthew 13 Jesus uses a series of parables to teach regarding the kingdom – God’s Kingdom. Last time we looked at various responses to the good news. In these verses we take a glimpse of the growth of the kingdom.
Growth that is seen in a mustard seed, in some yeast, and in some weeds.
Some would argue that a weed is simply a plant that is in the wrong place. Certainly, it is in the wrong place, but then would you want that plant in your garden if it was a spiky Bathurst burr. I suspect not! You would quickly get rid of it
Why then does Jesus tell this yarn about weeds? The farmer wanted to get rid of the weeds, but in doing so you would disturb the root systems of the fledgling good plants.
Jesus used the weeds to show that the kingdom, as it was being ushered in would contain two types of people. There would be the righteous and the unrighteous, the good and the bad. In the church you would have these two groups together. It helps explain the attitudes of some people. They look like Christians but then their actions and attitudes tell us something else. Perhaps you have come across people like that. You thought they were Christian but they were actually a weed. As we survey the Pandemic, what weeds have you seen surface?