“He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.” (Reference: Matthew 13:37-40 )
The theme today and tomorrow is “Weeds”. The rationale for the theme today is logical – weeds are to be dealt with at some point. In the time of the historic Anabaptist some historic Anabaptists felt it was their role and duty to rid God’s “garden” of weeks before the return of God. Historic Anabaptist Menno Simons argued against this most vehemently. I made his emphasis my emphasis last time I wrote on this passage in 2009 – “Weedings God’s Field”
Simons wrote, “This parable some falsify and say, The enemies of God must be destroyed before the coming of Christ, and therefore we will be the instruments to do it. But they must come to shame; for thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; and ye would not. . . . Christ told the parable with a different intent, saying: The good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. Inasmuch as the Christians are the good seed, how then can they be the angels or reapers? Or if they be the reapers, how can they be the seed? These two things, the seed and the reapers, are quite different. Its plainness must not be obscured.”
Simons did not use theological rationale but simple logic when arguing against their interpretation. He said that Jesus himself specified who he meant when he talked about who the harvesters were and that it was their appointed task. We, humanity, are the ones who will be harvested and at that point it will be determined who is good crop to be taken up and who is weeds to be tossed out. It is base hubris for a member of humanity to decide who is good crop and who is weed. But as I said five years ago, it happens. And quite honestly I have seen it happen more frequently now than five years ago.
May the Lord who directs the harvest find you to be a good crop! Selah!