Weeds and Wheat

April 17, 2024
Weeds and Wheat

In a world where various people believe in the same Bible, yet their doctrines differ, it is difficult to figure out the true church from the false ones. However, nothing is too difficult for God. That is why our God gave us the parable of the weeds and wheat as a guideline to help us identify the true church amongst the many false churches.

1. The Parable of the Weeds and Wheat

Let us have a look at the parable Jesus taught 2000 years ago.

Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.“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?’“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘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 with them. 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.’”

The owner of the field sowed the good seed, however, when he and his workers went to sleep, the enemy came and sowed the bad seed. At that time, the servant asked if they could root out the weeds. The owner however refused and told them to wait until the harvest time. This is because it is difficult to distinguish between weeds and wheat as they have similar features when young. At harvest time, however, the two are highly distinguishable, that is why the owner told them to wait. The weeds will be collected at harvest time and burned, while the wheat will be gathered in bundles and stored in the barn. Jesus interpreted this parable as follows:

Matthew 13:36-42 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 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 people of the kingdom. 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.“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The owner of the field according to this parable is Jesus. Jesus taught the truth of savation 2000 years ago, but during the dark ages, Satan came and sowed falsehood as reflected in the parable (when the owner and his servants went to sleep). The weeds are evildoers who practice lawlessness, these are those who will not enter Heaven but will be thrown in the fiery lake of fire. Satan’s lawlessness spread throughout the whole world, but even though this is the case, the owner’s interest is on the wheat. Those who practice lawlessness can never enter Heaven according to Jesus’ teachings.

Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers (you who practice lawlessness, NASB)!’

The Bible explains that even though someone prophesies, casts out demons, or prays to God, if what they practice is not the will of God (lawlessness), they can never enter the kingdom of Heaven. Just as the farmer collects the weeds and burns them because they are of no use to him, those who practice lawlessness are to be burned in hell.

The laws of men are such as Sunday, Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, etc. Churches that practice such laws are likened to weeds in the parable.

2. The Truth Which Saves Us.

In order to be saved and follow the truth that leads to salvation, we must go back to the truth established by Jesus and kept by the apostles.

Ephesians 2:20 Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

The Bible teaches us that our faith should be built on the foundation of the apostles and Jesus. The truth taught by Jesus 2000 years ago is perfect. Jesus taught and kept the truth of the New Covenant and the apostles kept it by following His examples. For us to be saved, we need to know this truth and keep it as well. Let us have a look at a few examples.

1. The Sabbath Day

Luke 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read.

Jesus kept the Sabbath day as it was His custom. According to the Bible, the Sabbath day is Saturday. The disciples who followed Jesus also kept the Sabbath day, following His example.

Act 17:2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures.

Before weeds were sown, the truth of the Sabbath was kept in the apostolic age. However, after the apostolic age, falsehood such as Sunday worship came into the church.

2. The Passover

Matthew 26:17-19 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

Matthew 26: 26-28 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus and His disciples kept the Passover. In our time, all the churches except the church of God do not keep the Passover, this is because the Passover was abolished in AD 325. Satan sowed weeds such as communions, Christmas and Easter and thus replaced the Passover. God’s people should keep the Passover to be saved.

3. Veil Regulation

1 Corinthians 11:1-6  Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ…Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.

In the early church, women wore veils during worship or whenever they prayed. Men did not need to cover their heads. Today, however, there are certain churches where men cover their heads, women do not cover their heads, or where both men’s and women’s heads are not covered at all.

4. Feast of Pentecost and the Feast of  Tabernacles

Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

The early church kept the feast of Pentecost which is not traced in churches today. The early church also kept the feast of Tabernacles.

John 7:2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near…

John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

As seen in the above examples, the truth kept by Jesus and the Apostles of the early church is not kept by the churches in these days. Today many churches practice lawlessness such as Sunday worship, Christmas, Thanksgiving day, Easter, etc. All these laws fall under the category of lawlessness. The true law of God to be kept by God’s people includes the Sabbath day, Passover, Veil regulation, Pentecost, and the feast of Tabernacles. To be saved, we need to follow the church that keeps all these laws of the New Covenant. What God wants is not the weeds, but the wheat though it may look small.

Amongst many churches today, it is only the World Mission Society Church of God that keeps all the feasts of God and the truth of the early church. We need to find the true church of God to be saved.