Jesus often spoke in parables, which were stories developed out of a simile or a figurative saying. So basically, one image is compared to one reality, and a narrative emerges. A parable is not just “a story” and Jesus wasn’t just an ordinary storyteller.
A parable was always told with the knowledge that an explanation would be required. Jesus wanted his dedicated followers to probe deeper and ask questions.This process weeded out true followers from those merely seeking entertainment.
And speaking of weeds…this picture reminded me of The Parable of the Weeds. I was walking beside a road one day and came across some flowers, so I took a picture:
I was trying to improve my photography technique, so I knelt down to shoot from a different perspective. This is what I saw…
Whoa! I couldn’t even see the weeds from my first perspective and that’s when this parable came to mind:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
‘No,’ he answered, ‘because 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.'”
He told two more parables after this one, then he left the crowd and went into the house. The Bible says His disciples came to him and asked him to explain the parable of the weeds.
But what if you were in the crowd while Jesus told this story? What would you do and what would you ask? I’ll go first: I’d follow and ask him “Why do the weeds get collected and bundled first?“
Okay now it’s your turn – I’d love to hear your questions!