Side By Side
Posted: Thursday, January 21
Verse of the day:
Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. (Matthew 13:47)
Jesus uses parables on several occasions to illustrate the coexistence of good and evil. One of the most familiar examples occurs earlier in Matthew 13 when Jesus talks about weeds and wheat existing side by side. In Matthew 26, Jesus uses the analogy of the sheep and the goats. With each story, the lesson is two-fold.
1. We are living in an era where good and evil grow side by side. The workers ask the farmer, “Should we pull out the weeds?” The farmer doesn’t say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. He says, “Not yet.” He explains that it would be dangerous to uproot the wheat before its time. This is our world. Evil expands and goodness expands. We must accept and expect the challenges that come in a world of good and evil.