Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a person who sows seed on a field while he was asleep an enemy sows bad seed or weed in the field.
His disciples approached him and asked him to explain the meaning of the parable to them. He says that he who sows the good seed is the son of man and the field is the son of man. The field is the world, the good seed is the children of the kingdom and the weeds are the children of the devil.
In the explanation of the parable Christ declares that he is the sower, he spreads his redeemed seed through his believers in the field, through his grace they bear the fruit in their hearts, which produces good morals in the society.
The enemy in the parable is the Satan, in opposition to Christ, the devil tries to destroy the church. We have false teachers, deceivers, unbelievers in the society. They told the master can we remove the weed and the master said allow both to grow, because it would be difficult to separate until harvest time .
The enemy has a plan for sowing the bad seed, the signs can be visible when we experience violence, hatred, no love, corruption, deceit. We have counterfeit Christian and it is difficult to notice.
In Mat 13 Jesus said that by their fruits we shall know them. God allows the unbelievers to change before the harvest time. The church must allow the evil ones to change and we must not be quick to exclude or judge others. God will judge everyone after harvest.
The mission of the church is to sow the good seed to the world. We must help to make our society good and peaceful, by uprooting every bad seed in our lives through our action in our families, relationships and work places.
The disciples went to Jesus to interpret the parable. God is God and has solution to our problems. We must have time to study the bible and to pray to God for spiritual revelations. We have to observe when there is contamination and bad influence in our lives and love ones.
Who are you, good seed or bad, we must remember the harvest time of God is coming. We must say sorry to God and individuals we have offended. God is merciful and able to help us to bear good seed, Amen.
Revd Isaac Ohaju
Sermon, Sunday 19th July