We live among the weeds—they crowd around us, their roots intertwine with ours, and sometimes the suffocate us. Surely the harvest will be less bountiful when we allow the weeds to grow among the wheat—we can imagine the full vibrant growth of their grain as they have the full resources of the soil. Couldn’t we just have some genetically modified wheat, some holy Round-Up to kill the weeds?
Perhaps, but Jesus’ hearers would have understood something important about the wheat that came out of a field of weeds—it was strong and sure, tested by the weeds and able to grow in spite of them. The seeds of that wheat will carry that strength too—it is this seed that a farmer would want to plant next year, not the untested wheat that can’t stand up to the pressures that will inevitably come. The question is one of endurance—of surviving until the apocalyptic harvest. Read more