Day 2

The Wheat and the Weeds

from the The Parables of Jesus reading plan


Matthew 13:24-43

BY She Reads Truth

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the meaning of the text and take to heart the “secrets of the kingdom.”

Editor’s Note: In this Parables study, Jesus Himself is telling us stories—stories He wants us to reflect on and process. Rather than asking our writers to write their own stories about Jesus’ stories, we thought it would serve you and the text better to provide questions to help you dig into the meaning of each day’s parable. If you find a parable or passage particularly confusing, stop and pray. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in His Word, and thank Him that we can know Him without knowing all the answers to our questions.

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Week 1: Parables about God’s Kingdom

Parables are stories with a point. They are designed to make us think about what is being said, why, where, to whom, and in what context. To get to the heart of Jesus’ parables, we need to pull them apart and take a careful look at the details He gives us. One detail that runs through this week’s selection of parables is that Jesus says they all describe the kingdom of God in some way. As you read through these passages, use the following questions to unpack the stories Jesus tells.

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Day 2 Reading: Matthew 13:24-43

Questions:

1. Jesus says the kingdom of God can be compared to the parable of the wheat and the weeds. How so?

2. What is the problem Jesus addresses in the parable of the wheat and the weeds, and what is the outcome of the story?

3. What is the central point of this parable?

4. How did Jesus explain this parable to His disciples? What is your response to Jesus’ explanation?

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  1. Abby Koch says:

    This resonated so strongly with me. I too, have questioned why evil is allowed to exist. But through this parable, I realize that it is evil which makes the good stronger. It is through pain, loss, heartbreak, and devastation that we truly recognize the good in our lives and in ourselves. It forces us to rise up, hold strong in our faith, and come out as better Christians who believe in His plan – a bigger, more beautiful plan than even we could imagine for ourselves. The evil will be dealt with by God, and the good will inherit His kingdom. God is so so good!!

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