Of Beans and Weeds
Jesus tried again:
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted soybeans. Late one night, a corporation that wanted to snatch up the family farm planted thistle seeds to sabotage the crop. The beans grew and started to set forth green fuzzy pods, but the weeds grew as well and purple blooms were forming.
The farmer's hired-hands expressed their concern to him: 'You planted clean seeds; so where did all these thistles come from?'
'The seeds came from our competitor,' he replied.
'Do you want us to go and pull out all the weeds?'
'No,' answered the farmer, 'their roots are too tangled together. If we yank out the weeds, the soy plants will come out with them and we'll lose the whole crop! Wait until the weeds grow fluffy seed-heads, cut them off above the beans before the seeds are ready to disperse, and then burn them. This will let the sun shine on the beans. Then go back and harvest the beans when they are ready, and put them in the grain-bin.'"
The crowds went home. Were they confused, or did they think they understood the story? But his students wisely admitted that they needed some clarification.
"I am the farmer. The field is the world. The soy seeds are the Children of God. The weed seeds are the children of the devil. Harvest-time is the End-time. Those who harvest are the Angels. As weeds are destroyed before they can reproduce, so it will be in the end. As the leaves of the beans shine in the sun, so will the righteous shine."
Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43)
(photography by tiwago)