Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43
Feeling a little bit like Eugene Peterson who wrote The Message, I did a transliteration of the text as a follow-up to my previous blog post. Obviously I used my understanding that the kingdom of the heavens is the development of unity among all creation as I explain in In Living Color: Heaven.
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Jesus told the crowd another parable, “The development of unity is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, a hostile man came and sowed poisonous weeds among the wheat and left. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the weeds also appeared. So the servants of the owner asked, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Why does it have poisonous weeds?’ He said to them, ‘A hostile man has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, for fear that while you gather up the poisonous weeds you also uproot the wheat. Let both grow together until the harvest, At the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the poisonous weeds. Bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
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Jesus told several additional parables about the kingdom.
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Then he sent the crowd away and went into a house. His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He said to them: “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the teachings of the kingdom of unity and harmony, but the poisonous weeds are teachings that cause labors, sorrow, troubles. The hostile man who sowed them is a false accuser, the harvest is the end of a period of time, and the reapers are messengers of Unity. Therefore just as the poisonous weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this period of time. The Son of Man will send out his messengers, and they will gather all teachings out of his kingdom that are stumbling blocks and cause people to live without virtue and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be loud expressions of displeasure and anger. Then the acceptable teachings will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their father (the Son of Man who brought them into being). He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”