Leave Those Weeds Alone

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (Matthew 13:24-30, New Revised Standard Version)

36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen! (Matthew 13:26-43 New Revised Standard Version).


Last night I started leading a study using Mike Ashcraft’s book, My One Word. I have led the study before and really enjoyed it. I didn’t start writing this until Cindy and I were home. But the idea for a poem started rattling around in my head. I finished it so I thought I would post it today.


Way back in Bible days, long, long ago
With seeds sewn they wait, for a crop to grow
Then workers see, the wheat is full of weeds
We’ll go pull weeds, it shall be our good deed

Bud you need to leave those weeds alone
We’ll clean them out once the crop is grown
Then separate the weeds from the wheat
The weeds shall die in fire and heat.

The story is not about weeds and wheat
Nor an enemy who steals, robs, and cheats.
Some of us are weeds and some are the wheat
For the wheat one day Jesus we will meet.

Friend let me tell you about the weeds.
They are God’s children like you and me.
God decides who gets heaven above.
The weeds are plants we failed to love.


Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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