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Dr. June Normil
The Kingdom Grows
While God's kingdom continues to grow, its growth does not come without opposition. Jesus used another agricultural illustration to teach this truth. The parable in Matthew 13:24-30 describes an enemy sabotaging a farmer's crop by sowing tares, or weeds, among the wheat. The servants would not have recognized this weed until it began to mature. as a result, they were puzzled concerning why this weed was there. Their first response was to pull the weed. But the farmer knew better. The roots of the weed were intertwined with the wheat, and pulling the weeds would damage the crop yield because some wheat plants would also be pulled. The time for destroying the weeds would come at harvest. As He explained the parable in verses 35-43, Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that even as the kingdom f God progress (verses 38-39). Satan, the evil enemy of the kingdom, would try everything possible to hinder God's kingdom. Likewise, today the enemy is trying to destroy what God is doing in our world. It is vital that we reach out in love to those bound by sin. As we move closer to the time of God's judgment, we should express our concern about the spiritual condition of those around us through our actions as well as our attitudes. Satan's influence in this world is temporary; there is a coming judgment. Just as the farmer burned the weeds at harvest, God will punish those who rejected Him at the end of this present age. Hell is real. Verse 42 describes the horror of eternal judgment. Believers, however, will not experience this torment. God has a very different future in store for His people. As with many of Jesus' teachings, this parable includes a warning. we must listen closely to Him and obey His teachings if we are to avoid the judgment that is coming upon this world. Then, in spite of the spiritual challenges we face, let us keep our focus fixed upon the blessings of god's eternal kingdom. This is our greatest hope.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 96 Number 1 Sep. Oct. Nov 2014 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil
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