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Parable of the Weeds

A parable about weeds (tares) in a field of wheat.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Hindi, Simplified Chinese
A large crowd gathered by the shore and Jesus taught them from a boat. He told them parables to help them understand what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. – Slide 1
Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. – Slide 2
‘But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. – Slide 3
‘When the wheat sprouted the weeds also appeared. The owner’s servants asked him, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?” – Slide 4
‘“An enemy did this,” he replied.The servants asked, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”“No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat also.  Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to collect the weeds first and tie them in bundles to be burned. After that, they will gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”’ – Slide 5
When Jesus left the crowds and went into a house, His disciples asked Him to explain the parable to them. Jesus answered, ‘The person who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. – Slide 6
‘The weeds are the people 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. – Slide 7
‘Just as the weeds are gathered up and burned in the fire, at the end of the age the Son of Man will send out His angels to gather up all those who cause people to sin and all those who do evil things. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and gnash their teeth. Then God's people will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have ears!’ – Slide 8
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