MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

The Parable of the Weeds

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The scripture reading for today is taken from the Gospel of Matthew 13:24 - 30. This scripture talks about the The Parable of the Weeds and in Matthew 13:36-43, Jesus explains the Parable of the weeds. Jesus told the people who were following him and listening to what he was preaching. Most of the words he spoke were in the form of parable.

Jesus told them this parable: " The Kingdom of Heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. The man's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field, where did the weeds come from?' 'It was some enemy who did this,' he answered. 'Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?' They asked him. 'No,' he answered, 'because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundle and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.'" (Matthew 13:24-30)

Jesus then explains the parable of the weeds as follows:
  • Man who sowed seed is the Son of Man.
  • The Field is the world.
  • The Good Seed is the people who belong to the Kingdom.
  • The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one.
  • The enemy who sowed seed is the Devil.
  • The Harvest is the end of the age.
  • the harvest workers are angels.
Just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, si the same thing will happen at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels to gather up out of his Kingdom all those who cause people to sin and all others who do evil things, and 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 hears!

Discussion

Jesus explained the parable to his disciples what it meant. Now it is up to us to analyse ourselves whether we are in the category of Good Seed or we are in the category of weeds?

To be in the category of weeds is when those who cause other people to sin and do all other evil things. At the end of the age, they will be thrown into the fiery furnace.

Sin is always with us and we live with sin and we cannot eliminate sin but we try as much as possible to avoid doing sin or cause other people to sin and avoid doing evil things. 

And to be in the category of the Good seed is to avoid causing other people to sin and do all evil things. Always do good things to help others in keeping their faith in Christ and do all the good things that Jesus loves.

By doing all good, you will be called God's children amongst other people at the end of the age and shine like the sun in God's glory for ever.

Amen.
Exodus Congregation - Port Moresby
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