It’s not our job to rid the world of the unbelieving, for God will eventually bring judgment on them Himself. In the meantime, pray for them and try to turn them from their evil ways.

It’s not our job to rid the world of the unbelieving, for God will eventually bring judgment on them Himself. In the meantime, pray for them and try to turn them from their evil ways.

BibleGateway: Matthew 13:24-29, 36-43, 47-50

ESV Text: Matthew 13:24-29, 36-43, 47-50

Matthew 13:24–29 (Listen)

The Parable of the Weeds

24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds1 among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants2 of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.

Footnotes

[1] 13:25 Probably darnel, a wheat-like weed

[2] 13:27 Or bondservants; also verse 28

(ESV)

Matthew 13:36–43 (Listen)

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

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Matthew 13:47–50 (Listen)

The Parable of the Net

47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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KJV Text:

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     24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 574 (LSB 892):
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

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1. Come, ye thankful people, come; 
Raise the song of Harvest-home. 
All be safely gathered in 
Ere the winter storms begin; 
God, our Maker, doth provide 
For our wants to be supplied, 
Come to God’s own temple, come; 
Raise the song of Harvest-home. 

2. All the world is God’s own field, 
Fruit unto His praise to yield; 
Wheat and tares together sown, 
Unto joy or sorrow grown; 
First the blade and then the ear, 
Then the full corn shall appear. 
Lord of harverst, grant that we 
Wholesome grain and pure may be. 

3. For the Lord, our God, shall come 
And shall take His harvest home; 
From His field shall in that day 
All offences purge away; 
Give His angels charge at last 
In the fire the tares to cast, 
But the fruitful ears to store 
In His garner evermore. 

4. Even so, Lord, quickly come 
To Thy final Harvest-home; 
Gather Thou Thy people in, 
Free from sorrow, free from sin, 
There, forever purified, 
In Thy garner to abide. 
Come with all Thine angels, come, 
Raise the glorious Harvest-home. 


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