‘AN ENEMY DID THIS.’MATTHEW 13:28 NIV
Matthew 13, verses 24-30 is an eye-opening parable. Jesus warned that while we are planting wheat (God’s Word) the enemy is planting weeds (error). And it’s happening in the same field! Why? (1) Because we’ve fallen asleep. ‘While everyone was sleeping, his enemy…sowed weeds among the wheat’ (Matthew 13:25 NIV). Wake up! Dynamic personalities and big crowds don’t guarantee truth is being taught. Paul warns the Ephesians church: ‘After I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock’ (Acts 20:29 NIV). (2) Because the sowers look and sound alike. Who are these people sowing bad seeds? Paul answers: ‘From your own number men will arise and distort the truth’ (Acts 20:30 NIV). Note, they started out right but went wrong. You say, ‘Should we pull up the weeds?’ No. Jesus said, ‘While you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn’ (Matthew 13:29-30 NIV). There are many ‘voices’ speaking today and you need discernment as to the spirit that’s at work in them. Think it’s no big deal? One degree off course may seem harmless enough, but stay on that trajectory and you’ll end up far from where God wants you to be, then realize, ‘An enemy did this .’Protect yourself by living in God’s Word, staying filled with the Holy Spirit which will ‘guide you into all truth’ (John 16:13) and surrounding yourself with those of ‘like precious faith’ (2 Peter 1:1).
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Soul Food Reading: Jam 3-5, Mark 12:18-27, Ps 75, Pr11:23 www.mpbs247.org