Day 2

The Wheat and the Weeds

from the The Parables of Jesus reading plan


Matthew 13:24-43

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the meaning of the text and take to heart the “secrets of the kingdom.”

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Week 1: Parables about God’s Kingdom

Parables are stories with a point. They are designed to make us think about what is being said, why, where, to whom, and in what context. To get to the heart of Jesus’ parables, we need to pull them apart and take a careful look at the details He gives us. One detail that runs through this week’s selection of parables is that Jesus says they all describe the kingdom of God in some way. As you read through these passages, use the following questions to unpack the stories Jesus tells.

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Questions:

1. Jesus says the kingdom of God can be compared to the parable of the wheat and the weeds. How so?

2. What is the problem Jesus addresses in the parable of the wheat and the weeds, and what is the outcome of the story?

3. What is the central point of this parable?

4. How did Jesus explain this parable to His disciples? What is your response to Jesus’ explanation?

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4 thoughts on "The Wheat and the Weeds"

  1. Bryce says:

    1. At the final judgement, who gets to go to the kingdom of God is decided. Those people are represented as the wheat get to live forever in God’s kingdom. Those people who are the weeds will be bundled together and burn in hell.

    2. Jesus is describing the current and future state of the earth and kingdom of heaven. There are good and bad people who walk this earth. These people will be separated when the time comes. The good will go to heaven, while the bad will go to hell.

    3. Jesus knows who will be give everlasting life with Him in heaven, and who will burn with the devil in hell.

    4. Jesus explained to the disciples who was represented by the wheat and the weeds, and what was meant by the wheat and weeds will be separated at the harvest. My response is that I pray that I am wheat at the time of harvest.

  2. Ryan Schulze says:

    1. Jesus says the kingdom of God can be compared to the parable of the wheat and the weeds. How so?
    The kingdom is the field. Owned by God. Sowed by the Son of Man. Cared for by his bondservants. God’s people, the sons of the kingdom, are the wheat. With the wheat growing are weeds, sons of evil, planted by the accuser or opposed of God.

    But God has a plan to remove the weeds from the field when it is time for the harvest. He will have the servants remove the weeds first, bundle them, and burn them. Then he will harvest the wheat.

    2. What is the problem Jesus addresses in the parable of the wheat and the weeds, and what is the outcome of the story?
    The enemy attempted to ruin the harvest. But the owner of the field had a plan that would protect the wheat and allow it to still be harvested at the proper time.

    3. What is the central point of this parable?
    Honestly, I’m not totally sure. A few possible points pop out to me. First, God is faithful to bear with his people no matter what happens to them. Second, God’s plans will not be undone. They will come to fruition even if it doesn’t look like they will. Third, God cares for the field, his kingdom, his people. Fourth, God’s people will face strife because they are surrounded by the seeds of the accuser.

    4. How did Jesus explain this parable to His disciples? What is your response to Jesus’ explanation?
    It’s harsh. It’s tough to swallow. It speaks of punishment and really serious punishment at that.

    Also it’s hopeful, that there will be a time when God’s righteous stands among him with all causes of sin having been removed. The harvest is coming.

  3. Kanan Hadley says:

    Day 2

    The kingdom of God is the land. The good seed is the children of the land which produce wheat. The weeds are the evil and sin in people. This is the product of the devil.
    God has come to remove all the sin and evil when he returns.
    The central point is that Jesus is coming back and to continue to grow in likeness until he comes back.

  4. Kevin says:

    Day 2: 1. God has sowed all the people here, but the enemy has taken over their lives growing them as weeds. Gods kingdom will have the seeds that grow into wheat and we’re not consumed by the weeds.

    2. If you gather the weeds, you pull up the good wheat. It isn’t worth it to lose both.

    3. We must be like the wheat. We should spread Gods seed and let him grow it. It’s not our job to uproot the weeds.

    4. God will eventually be the one to clean up the weeds. Not us. The righteous will shine like the sun.

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