“He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?” He said to them, “An enemy has done this.” So the servants said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he said, “No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into the barn.” (Matthew 13.24-30)
I believe the parable of the weeds expresses the sovereignty of God in a profound way. Christ explains the parable to us in verses 37-39, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels…”
We can note several things about the reality of God’s Kingdom here. First, the good seeds were good from the beginning; though some of them had not ripened or ripened at the same time as others, nonetheless, the good Sower had chosen the seeds himself and placed them specifically for the bearing of good fruit. This much is clear. We can note from this too the opposite is true; the bad seeds were not originally good and became bad, nor did they even have a chance of becoming good; they were inherently bad.
We can also see the field itself, considered to be the world, was in the realm of the good Sower’s care; it was his field. I think that is crucial to understanding this parable. The world is under the compassionate care of our wonderful Creator; there is no scope or situation beyond the great Caretaker. This is inherent in our understanding of God as our Father and we, the good seeds, as the children of this amazing God.
But the greatest encouragement that I find from this, as well as the thing that should illicit a holy fear within us, is the reality of the seeds. Whether good or bad, the seeds themselves could not make a choice as to what category they found themselves in. It is not up to the seeds of the field on whether they are weeds or wheat that bears good fruit; it is according to the will, plan and providence of the Sower.
This is such a clear indication of the sovereignty of God in all aspects of salvation. Those whom are good, will continue being good until the end. Those who are bad, though sometimes confusing to the workers in the field, will turn out to show the truth of their lives in the end. It also shows me the reality of the enemy of our souls trying to work and ruin the work of God in our lives. Yet, and yet! Oh if we could just understand this truth. There is not fruit from the enemy; there is no victory! The good seeds are good seeds; there is no changing in them. Though the bad seeds come and choke up and surround the good seeds with their weeds, nonetheless, we see that ultimately and finally the work of the enemy is all for naught.
I am so incredibly encouraged by this parable. My security rests in the good Sower, the Son of Man, who loves me and places me in His field from the very beginning. I can look at my life, and I can see some bad things within it. I can even notice around me all of these horrible situations that seem to drag me down, causing me to fear and lose hope. Yet the everlasting God has planned from the very beginning that I am a good seed; I know this from the profession of faith within me and my desire to honor the King and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I know this because I have placed the trust of my life, the salvation of it, upon the shoulders of Christ and not upon my own works. I throw myself on this reality; it is the only thing that remedies.
So take heart. This is a proclamation from the rooftops of our hearts into the streets of our lives; we are in the loving care and hands of our intimate Lord through Jesus Christ. We are in the world, but we are not of it; we have been sown, according to the sovereignty, providence, will and plan of the Father as good seeds. There’s nothing that can now separate us from the love of God. Nothing. God will see us through to the end, as the Spirit insures this. Our strength in life is that God has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world that we would bear fruit; fruit that lasts.