Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Parable of the Wheat and Weeds

    Today's Reading:
  • Matthew 13:24 - 46
  • Psalm 18:1 - 15
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Matthew 13:24 - 46
Jesus told the Parable of the Wheat and Weeds to the crowds.  In this parable, a farmer plants good seed but his enemy sneaks in the night and plants weeds all around the good seed.  These weeds are destructive and do harm to the good seeds, but the weeds cannot be uprooted because it would take the good crop with it.  When harvest time comes the good seed will be separated from the bad seed and thrown into the fire.  The good seed will be stored away.  Jesus then explains the parable.  He says the good seeds are planted by him, the bad seeds by the devil, and the harvesters are the angels.  The harvest is the end of the world.

Of course I know that this judgment is coming, but I felt power in that parable regardless.  This is actually the first I have heard of the angels doing the harvesting and sorting, instead of just the Lord himself.  So are there are multiple tiers to judgment day?  After you survive the harvesting by the angels, what comes next? I guess I'll just have to keep reading to learn more!

Psalm 18:1 - 15
This psalm is the beginning of an astounding account of how the Lord delivered David from his enemies.  David says the Lord himself came down in a cloud, flying on an angel's back, to defeat David's enemies.  Isn't that a glorious image to behold?  The Lord himself coming down to defeat your enemies.  It's so powerful that I wish I had artistic ability because it paints such a picture in my mind; a picture I would love to paint out so that I could also see it with my eyes.  It's a shame this psalm has been broken up into multiple pieces for reading.  I shall have to go back and read from the beginning for tomorrow's reading.

How much time has passed in my studies today?  If I had to guess, I'd say around 35-40 minutes.  But these are the most profound minutes of my day; minutes that will be with me forever instead of squandered time.  How is it that I can go so many days in between these studies sometimes?  I don't even understand why I do that to myself when these precious minutes change me life and my heart so drastically.

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