For many folks, including me, this parable can send us in an unusual direction. We have a farmer who tells his workers to let the weeds grow along with the crop. When harvest time arrives, he tells them the weeds are to be pulled up and burned. This is not what most of us consider typical agricultural practice. Usually, we try to keep all the weeds out from the very beginning to let the plants grow unencumbered.
Weeding is probably the most annoying task any farmer or gardener has to deal with. But this parable is not about good farming technique. It is about a world in which good people and bad people live side by side. The parable is making the point that, in the end, God will judge each of us on our good deeds and our misdeeds. The good people will enter the Kingdom; the rest will face a different fate—the weeds will be separated from the healthy crops.
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