24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “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?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 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.’”
This was the lesson from church today. When I first read it, I thought it was about removing our sin, but then I learned according to my handy dandy study Bible that it is about the final judgement.
God will remove all evil in the world then. What? Why can’t He remove cancer now? Why did the Aurora shooting happen? Why is my aunt sick?
These are questions that I’ve never been able to answer with satisfaction.
However, my preacher explained it today and I was blown away. Since these are not my own revelations (pun, intended) or to hear a better articulated version, you can listen to the original podcast here.
First off, we know in Matthew 26:53 that Jesus could call upon the Lord at any time to end all evil.
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
So He has the power to do it now but doesn’t?
Evil in the world is the result of the enemy; God is not to blame.
However, back to the wheat, Jesus knows that by removing weeds now we may remove usable wheat in the process. Thus, if you wait until harvest, you can appropriately separate them.
If God were to come in and remove evil now, then how far would He need to go? A lie to a teacher? An adulterer?
When we pray for him to heal us or fix a certain situation, we are acting in our way. While I don’t consider that a bad use of prayer, we are expecting our results and not His. The ways of God are not our ways.
We do not understand the mysteries of evil in this world, but we do proclaim that God is at work in us and through us to bring light to the darkness.
Thus, I will take comfort in the fact that evil will be eradicated when Jesus comes back and for now, we have grace.