A Note from Pastor Wood

Have you ever tried to make an analogy and the person with whom you were talking took the analogy too far and came away with a point you were not trying to make? For example some have said that Pastors are sheepdogs. This simply means that, like a sheepdog, pastors aid the Shepherd, Jesus, in caring for the flock and keeping them safe. If you from this analogy that pastors should run around yelling at people until they fall into line, you took the analogy too far.

In our Gospel Lesson to day Jesus tells a parable which makes an analogy between a field sown for harvest and the world which has received the Gospel. The field is sown with wheat, the World is sown with the Word of God. In the parable an enemy comes and sows weeds among the wheat. In the world the enemy works to sow lies and derision. So as a result in the field there is wheat and weeds, and in the world there are believers and unbelievers.

The central point of the parable lies in the question of the servants, “Do you want us to go and gather [the weeds]?” And in the master’s reply, “No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest…” The central point of the parable is to comfort those believers gathered into the Kingdom of God as they grow amidst the unbelievers of the world. In this parable the Master is confident that although there are weeds there will also be a harvest. He makes a promise that he is not going to forsake the whole field on account of the weeds. Through this parable Jesus is making a promise, that there will be a last day and on that last day there will be believers preserved and brought into eternal life with God. The world will not be abandoned forever on account of the unbelievers, hypocrites, and scoffers.

Now, how might we take this parable too far? If we conclude that there is nothing for the believers to do except sit and soak up the Word of God and wait for the evil people out there in the world to be burned with the fire of judgment then we have taken the analogy too far. This parable is not about evangelism. Jesus speaks clearly that he does want us to go out and proclaim the good news of his death and resurrection. (Mt. 5:13–16; Mt. 28:16–20; Mark 16:15–16; Luke 24:46–49; John 17:20)

This parable provides the Christian with confidence even while looking upon all the evils of society. Ultimately, it is not our job or responsibility to purify our world of every blight of evil. We can have patience and wait upon God even while we continue to sow the seed of the Gospel in all nations.

Pastor Wood