2. "The Work of the Enemy"
(This parable is also known as the Parable of the Weeds, Parable of the Wheat and Tares,
and the Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast.)
Jesus tells a very interesting and rather mysterious parable about a wheat farmer who has an enemy — an enemy who stealthily sows weeds in the dead of night. That alone is very intriguing but things get even more interesting when the story concludes with a rather surprising twist in terms of how the farmer reacts to the agricultural mischief of this mysterious enemy.
The story raises many questions: What does it mean? What do the weeds stand for? Who does the enemy stand for? And why not be a judge of good and bad and weed the wheat field the same way many of us weed our flower and vegetable gardens?
This parable's point is: God is to be the judge and will determine good from bad and true from false. It's the Lord God, not us, who is to make the final determination and final separation.
The Parable of the Work of the Enemy
At the heart of this story about the weeds and the wheat, Jesus is clearly telling us that there is a final judgment and a final separation of the good from the bad. And his clear revelation about the final judgment is to motivate us to live lives that God would approve of. This parable is to motivate us to live a godly life; to energize us to be the kind of people God wants us to be. The motivation of the threat of hell isn't politically correct — but it's still real.
A second theme that we hear in this parable of Jesus is that only God is to judge; we human beings are not to see ourselves as the judge. It's God’s responsibility to make final judgment calls.
Only God knows. Only God can see inside a person, what lies beneath the sheen and shine of one’s life. And besides, there will be a lot of surprises on judgment day.
"He who has ears, let him hear."