Sunday, December 30, 2012

The parable of the wheat & the Weeds: Matthew 13:24-30 & 36-43

1.             What does this tell us about Jesus (the sower)?
-                He’s wise/prudent
         Isaiah 11:1-5                                                        

                  -          He’s patient

-                He is aware of the challenges/circumstances we face.
       Hebrews   2:17-18 & 4:14-16                                  
-          He has our best interests in mind
        John 10:10-11  
-                He expects us to bear fruit.

               Matthew 25:14-30

2.             What does this tell us about the devil (The enemy)?
-                He’s into destruction/harm, not good/gain.
-                He works in the dark
-                He’s patient too
-                He can be frustrated/beaten
1 John 4:4                                       
3.             What does this tell us about the fruits of the devil (the weeds)?
-                They often look a lot like good things
         2 Corinthians 11:13-15            
-                It often takes a while before their badness becomes apparent.
-          They can become intertwined into our lives once we let them get    a foothold.
-                They can be overcome, but only with divine help & patience.

4.             What does this tell us about the wheat  (us, presumably)?
-          It must co-exist, put up with evil
          John 16:33                                                 
It will ultimately be delivered from evil, but only with Jesus’ help
-                It is expected to bear fruit.
         John 15:8                                                    
-                It can only bear fruit if it surrenders to Jesus
         John 12:24                                                 
5.        How do we deal with the Tares?
                                    Psalm 37:1-11