Scripture for Week of April 13-19

Matthew 13:24-30 (NIV)

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.’”

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  1. Tracy Bush
    Tracy Bush says:

    The Lord is sowing seed in the world which belongs to Him. It’s His field. It’s His kingdom. I mean, He made it after all. And Satan came along and force his way in everything. We’ve been planted in the world, and in His Kindgdom, for many reasons. We’re there to be matured by the trouble the world gives us. “After you’ve suffered a little while, the Lord will make you perfect.” – 1 Peter 5:10. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!. I have overcome the workd.’ – John 16:33. And James said that that trial and that trouble and those things that happen in the world are what mature you and build you up. So the Lord plants us there so we can develop. He also plants us there…so that we can influence.

    Satan…it says that the enemy when he came and sowed, “he sowed among.”. Satan really does have his people everywhere. In fact, it seems that in some parts of the world today they are in the whole area. You would look a long time to find in there some wheat. There’s a massive sowing, and he likes to sow them (tares) as close to the wheat as he can. But it is not the church’s function to go around ripping out the tares and the darnels of the world. That’s not what we’ve been called to do. We are not to attack the world. God hasn’t given us that ministry. We’re going to grow together, and Satan is going to sow and oversow even in the church ‘because he loves imitation. But it’s not for us to go ripping the tares out. If we try to act in judgment, we might leave behind some of the rocky soil and weedy ground stuff because we can’t tell the difference, and we might uproot the real stuff. So, we must have a heart of compassion, not a heart of condemnation.

    I think He’s simply saying if you go about trying to judge the world, without divine insight, you’re going to wind up condemning the Christians. Jesus didn’t prevent judging. He commanded it. He said stop judging by mere appearance and make a right judgement. (John 7:24). He also said, “Do not judge, or else you too will be judged” and then commanded us to take the speck out of our brothers’ eye after getting the log out of our own eye. (Mathew 7:3) That involves making a judgement. So these are not commands to not to judge, but how to judge. In other words, judge rightly, not hypocritically. While we can’t avoid making judgements, we are not to be judgmental. We are all sinners who need grace. Evangelism is just one beggar showing another beggar where the food is.

  2. Pastor Joey
    Pastor Joey says:

    How does a person tell the difference between genuine faith and counterfeit faith? There is only one way to tell the difference — by the presence of fruit. We are not talking about religious exercise performed in God’s name, but the response of spiritual effort as a result of spiritual life. Let me state it another way. If there is no fruit then there is no life; but if there is “Jesus” fruit then there is genuinely life. The fruit of the Spirit cannot be faked.

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