We are blessed to have another interpreted parable, so let’s treat the parable and its interpretation together. Again, since the Master provided his own interpretation, I’ll just make a few observations.
- This sower is a different one that he in the previous parable. The former sower was a subsistence farmer, to whom believers can relate. This sower is a bigger landowner with servants. This sower is Jesus himself.
- There are two sowers in this parable. Jesus has an enemy. Thus, throughout history there are weeds growing alongside the wheat. You can see it in your own church if you have eyes to see.
- Our tendency is to want to root out the weeds asap. But that would wreck the church, because the roots are all tangled up. Jesus is willing to wait until the judgment time and take care of it then.
- But the judgment is coming. Since the wheat and the weeds are people, it’s better to be wheat by a far cry.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matthew 13:43, ESV)