The Parable of the Weeds: Matthew 13: 24 - 30; 36 - 43
Last week we looked at the Parable of the Sower and looked into the different type of soil and what each one represented. Depending on the type of soil, the seed which represented God's word could not grow. We aim to be like the good soil which accepts God's word and His love and teaches others about His love.
This week we will be looking at another parable, The Parable of the Weeds. Do you remember what a parable is? Jesus often used parables to explain Gods word and about the kingdom of God.
A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a lesson God wants us to learn. The story helps them to understand what God wants to teach them. Often people in His stories do not act according to His explanation.
Lets begin by watching a video on the Parable of the Weeds if you prefer, please read Matthew 13: 24 - 30 and 36 - 43.
The sower of the good seed represents the Son of Man (Jesus)
The good seed represents the people of the kingdom of heaven
The field represents the world
The weeds represents the people of the evil one
The enemy represents the devil
The harvest represents the end of the world
The harvesters represent the angels
The man sowed only good seeds in his field, but whilst he was sleeping his enemy came and sowed weeds in with the wheat. The man told his servant not to pull out the weeds because the wheat will be pulled out with them. Instead, he told the servant to let both the wheat and the weeds grow together until the harvest. The harvesters will first collect the weeds and get rid of them and gather the wheat to be brought to the barn.
Did you notice the sower didn't pull out the weeds straight away? The man waits because God waits. He gives us time to listen to His word and accept it and change our sinful ways. He doesn't turn His back on those who do wrong as God wants us all to know Him. We see in our everyday lives the good things good people do around the world and we also see the bad things bad people do. We all live together, whether good or bad.
Jesus promised He will come back one day and this is called Judgement day. Those who turn their back on God and do not believe the good news will be punished and rejected from the kingdom of God. We are not the ones to judge other peoples' behaviour, but we must love and pray for those who sin and do not believe. We might think we know who makes good or bad choices but God is the only one who can judge and decide.
We can be seen as weeds as in life we can often make the wrong choices or not know what is right. We need help and guidance from what we learn in church, in Sunday school and the Bible. We will be saved by the grace of God due to what Jesus has done for us.
We need to turn the weeds into wheat, so if we reject those who have done wrong straight away they wouldn't be able to hear and learn God's word and be saved.
Remember do not judge others for what they have done but pray for others to get to know God.
Let us pray!
Thank you for letting us to get to know you
and your love for us
Help us to not judge others, but to love
others and teach others who do not yet know you
Help us to share you word so we can grow wheat
and not weeds
Let our roots be strong
In Jesus' name, Amen!
Let's use our ears to hear God's word!
Draw a storyboard of the parable of the weeds
Complete this activity sheet
Complete the crossword
Thank you for taking part in Sunday school! Please remember to keep your amazing work so we can share when we go back to church. We will now take a break for the summer holidays and we will see you again soon! We hope you enjoy your summer break!