Week of July 19
Pick a few plants from your yard and quiz your children on which ones are weeds. Chat about how we might know what is a weed and what isn’t? (Note: the point is that it can be very tricky to tell them apart, especially when they are small)
Read Together: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
24 Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.
27 “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’
28 “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed.
“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.
29 “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
36 Then, leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, “Please explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.”
37 Jesus replied, “The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. 39 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels.
40 “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
Watch the Story:
Spiritual Beings in the Bible:
Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds talks about angels and the devil. These are spiritual beings that come up a lot in the story of the Bible but which may be kind of strange for us and hard for us to understand.
Thankfully, the very creative people at the Bible Project have a whole series of videos created to help us understand what these spiritual beings are and what they do.
You can watch the first this series about spiritual beings below.
Discuss the Story:
- What part of the story did you like best?
- Were there any parts that were scary or confusing?
- Did the farm workers pull all the weeds out among the wheat? Why not?
Parables are stories that Jesus told to his followers to help them understand deeper truths. What deeper truths are hidden in this parable for us? What can it teach us today?
- One deeper truth might be that it isn’t up to us to decide who is bad and who is good. Our job is to be patient like the farmer’s servants in the story, and to grow in goodness like the wheat in the story.
- Another lesson from the story might be that we should check our plans with Jesus. The workers thought about pulling out the weeds. Then they asked the farmer, who told them not to. We should always check with Jesus on how we respond to other people. He can help us plan and respond in a way that does less harm and more good for ourselves and for those around us.
Dear Father, Thank you that you are with us, willing to help us in every situation. Help us to show the love of Jesus to everyone. Amen
- Paint or draw a picture of today’s story.
- Use clay or playdough to form some of the images from the story.
- Visit a garden – Can you tell the difference between weeds and the “good” plants?