River City Church - Smyrna, GA

The Wheat and the Weeds

July 19, 2020

Josh shares from another parable in Matthew 13 today that can create a tension within us when we read it. Jesus is describing a sower who sows good seed in his field, and an enemy who comes in the night and sows weeds in that same field. We -- like the disciples, I imagine -- are tempted to get caught wondering whether we are the wheat or the weeds that grow in that field. Whether we should tear up the weeds right now. Why isn't our first response: "Thank you, Lord, that You are going to restore?" Jesus isn't in a hurry to separate what's in the field. There will be a time for that, and that isn't our responsibility. Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. 

Josh shared a number of paradoxes that carry a similar tension and require us to pause to wrestle with them: 

1) God is One & Three. 

2) Jesus is God & human. 

3) The Bible is the Word of God & authored by flawed humans. 

4) Creation is good & broken.

5) To give is to receive. 

6) To die is to live. 

7) To pardon is to be pardoned. 

8) To be weak is to be strong.