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July 17, 2011

Good seed and weeds

In Matthew 13:24-43, Jesus shares a parable about good seed - specifically, wheat - and weeds. In some translations, the word "weeds" is translated as "cockles". This term is used in this context to refer to Lolium temulentum, also known as false wheat. It resembles wheat so closely that it can actually be mistaken for wheat.

One of the problems with cockles is that it's quite prone to a fungal infection that parasitizes wheat fields. If eaten, it can make you feel drunk. Eat enough of it, and it causes death. Because wheat and cockles look virtually identical until they mature, an enemy may sow cockles in a farmer's wheat field as a form of revenge. The entire harvest can be lost as a result.

In this parable, then, Jesus was warning us to be wary of false doctrine. It may look like the real thing, but if allowed to flourish, it can lead to ruin. The enemy is alert for opportunity to sow false wheat. Let us pray for discernment, that we may be able to distinguish false doctrine from truth. We were warned to be alert in I Peter 5:8-9:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

But although we must be alert, there's no cause to be overwhelmed with anxiety about this cunning enemy, and the verse which precedes these gives the reason why:
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
So along with being watchful, let us be prayerful.


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  2. We just got back from church and Father gave a wonderful sermon on this gospel this evening. He related it to being patient! He told a story about a priest who was very impatient and a truck driver that was very patient and made the priest realize that he kept preaching patience to his congregation but didn't actually practice it himself.

  3. We had a sermon on this yesterday as well! Very interesting how the Holy Spirit is moving. Interesting that we are being directed towards this parable at this time.
    God is good, indeed!
    PS I came to look at your shadow shots, which are very beautiful.

  4. How interesting. I had never heard this scripture described like this. Thank you for sharing.


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