An enemy sowed weeds into the crop of good seeds. Only one-fourth of the seeds sown produced good crops.
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4. The seeds that were cast along the road were eaten by birds.
5. Those seeds that fell on rocky soil sprang up soon because there was no depth in the soil.
6. These plants were scorched because they had no roots. They died.
7. The thorns choked the plants.
8. The seeds that fell on good ground produced a good crop.
24. “There was nothing wrong with the seed, but the soil was the problem.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 75)
25. An enemy came to sow weeds with the good seed.
26. The weeds grew big enough to be seen.
27. The owner was told about the weeds.
28. The owner told his servants: An enemy hath done this. [KJV]
29. If you pull the weeds out you may also pull the fruit out.
30. During harvest the weeds will be pulled up and thrown into the fire.
“From the actions of the farmer and the fate of the wheat and weeds, one learns that God will permit the righteous and wicked to coexist in this age but that he will eventually separate the wicked, judge them, and destroy, them while gathering the righteous together to be rewarded by enjoying his presence forever.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 219)
Explanation of Weeds
36. The disciples of Jesus asked him for an explanation of the parable about the weeds.
37. The Son of Man sowed the good seed.
38. “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares [weeds] are the children of the wicked one.” [KJV]
39. “Satan cannot uproot the plants (true Christians), so he plants counterfeit Christians in their midst.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 45)
“The devil had planted sons of the evil one in the world, among the kingdom citizens.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
40. “The gathering and burning of the weeds represent the gathering of all evil men and women out of his kingdom for punishment in the fire of hell.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
41-42. “Jesus promises painful punishment for those who reject him. The people are described, literally, as everyone who causes sin and does evil.” (Blomberg, 223)
43. “He promises radiant glory for the ’righteous’ –those who do God’s will by becoming disciples of Christ.” (Bloomberg, 223)
“Some would have ears to hear—a willing attitude of submission to the truth—so they would understand and accept what Jesus was saying about the final judgment and reward.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
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Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004