Parable #12. Weeds among Good Plants (Kingdom of Heaven):
- Today is Day #12
- The Twelfth Mashal of Messiah
- Messiah’s explanation of the Mashal
- Seven Observations
- The Work of the Evil One
- The Fruit of Light
Today is Day #12:
1. Today is “Day #12” in the forty-nine day Countdown to Shavuot.
2. Today is twelve days which are one week and five days of the Omer.
.היום שנים עשר יום, שהם שבוע אחד וחמישה ימים בעומר
Haiyom shnaym asar yom, shehaym shavuah echad vechamishah yamim ba’omer.
“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days.” (Leviticus). “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavu’ot for Adonai Eloheinu.” (Deuteronomy).
“Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.”
ברוך אתה, אדוני אלוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצוונו על ספירת העומר.פ
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
The Twelfth Mashal of Messiah:
וַיָּשֶׂם לִפְנֵיהֶם מָשָׁל אַחֵר וַיּאֹמַר מַלְכוּת הַשָׁמַיִם דּוֹמָה לְאָדָם אֲשֶׁר זָרַע זֶרַע טוֹב בְּשָׂדֵהוּ׃ וַיְהִי בִּהְיוֹת הָאֲנָשִׁים יְשֵׁנִים וַיָּבֹא אֹיְבוֹ וַיִּזְרַע זוּנִין בֵּין הַחִטִּים וַיֵּלֶךְ לוֹ׃ וְכַאֲשֶׁר פָּרַח הַדֶּשֶׁא וַיַּעַשׂ פֶּרִי וַיֵּרָאוּ גַּם־הַזּוּנִין׃ וַיִּגְשׁוּ עַבְדֵי בַעַל־הַבַּיִת וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו אֲדֹנֵינוּ הֲלֹא־זֶרַע טוֹב זָרַעְתָּ בְשָׂדֶךָ וּמֵאַיִן לוֹ הַזּוּנִין׃ וַיּאֹמֶר לָהֶם אִישׁ אֹיֵב עָשָׂה זֹאת וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו הָעֲבָדִים הֲתַחְפֹּץ כִּי־נֵלֵךְ וּנְלַקֵּט אֹתָם׃ וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא פֶּן־תְּלַקְּטוּ אֶת־הַזּוּנִין וְשֵׁרַשְׁתֶּם גַּם אֶת־הַחִטִּים׃ הַנִּיחוּ אֹתָם וְיִגְדְּלוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם יַחַד עַד־הַקָּצִיר וְהָיָה בְּעֵת הַקָּצִיר וְאָמַרְתִּי לַקּוֹצְרִים לַקְּטוּ בָרִאשׁוֹנָה אֶת־הַזּוּנִין וְאִגְדוּ אֹתָם אֲגֻדּוֹת לְשָׂרְפָם וְאֵת הַחִטִּים אִסְפוּ לְאוֹצָרִי׃
He presented them with another parable (מָשָׁל-mashal) and said:
“The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed darnel (weeds that resemble wheat) among the wheat (הַחִטִּים), and then went away. When the plants grew and produced fruit (grain), the darnel was also seen. The servants of the owner of the house approached and said to him, ‘Our master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where did the darnel come from?’ He said to them, ‘one of my enemies did this!’ His servants said to him, ‘Would you like us to go and pull it up?’ He said, ‘No, because when you pull up the darnel (weeds), you might also uproot the wheat. Let them be, and both will grow together until the harvest. When harvest time comes, I will say to the reapers, ‘First pull up the darnel and bind it into bundles to burn them. Then gather the wheat into my storehouse.'”
Messiah’s explanation of the Mashal
Then He (the Mashiach) left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the mashal of the weeds of the field.” And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man (בֶּן־הָאָדָם), and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom (בְּנֵי הַמַּלְכוּת); and the weeds are the sons of the evil one (בְּנֵי הָרָע); and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is at the end of the age (קֵץ הָעוֹלָם); and the reapers are angels. So just as the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous ones will shine forth as brilliantly as the sun (יַזְהִירוּ הַצַּדִּיקִים כַּשֶּׁמֶשׁ) in the kingdom of their (our) Father (בְּמַמְלֶכֶת אֲבִיהֶם). He who has ears, let him hear! (!מִי שֶׁאָזְנַיִם לוֹ, שֶׁיִּשְׁמַע)
Observation #1. The species of weed referenced in the Twelfth Parable of Messiah could be a kind of “darnel” (Greek: zizanion). It resembles wheat except at maturity the grains in its “head” are not filled with golden wheat but with worthless “black” grains. Or the species of weed could be another kind of toxic unfruitful-plant that before maturity also resembles wheat (הָעֲשָׂבִים הָרָעִים-evil [toxic] weed; i.e. בָאְשָׁ֑ה-bosh’ah, cf. Job 31:40).
Observation #2. Bearded Darnel and other varieties of toxic plants mimic wheat until they mature. On the one hand: at maturity the heavier head of the righteous wheat plant drops down in weighted humility. On the other hand: at maturity the lighter-unburdened heads of the wicked weeds remain ‘lifted up’ to the heavens; therefore, the wicked weeds remain erect at all times in a kind of unyielding pride.
Observation #3. This teaches us that at full maturity—at our glorification (resurrection day)—the truly regenerate (those who have received the transformative-Indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit) will be seen to be the true offspring of the heavenly Father, created out of the same magnificent DNA that originates from the King of Glory (Melekh HaKavod). The Good Seed (הַזֶּרַע הַטּוֹב) in view here is the immensely re-generative and procreative life of heaven (a new kind and quality of life from above) living in our cleansed spirits, souls, minds, and bodies. This life is sourced in the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One who forever dwells and lives within us when we believe (from our ‘hearts‘) in the D’var HaShem of the Mashiach.
Observation #4. This also teaches us of the all-surpassing greatness of the Spirit of Grace. In our immaturity we and our very young precious brothers and sisters may look a lot like the ‘counterfeit’ wheat-weeds. We look very much the same as the wicked weeds until our inevitable maturity. Then at our full maturity, on our resurrection day, it is absolutely obvious who is the true and who is the counterfeit. It is the Golden head, the Golden light of the day, the Indwelling Presence of the Ruach Ha-Chesed (Spirit of Grace) that defines us and transforms us from the Inside-out into “His” glorious likeness. On the day of our full maturity our glorified bodies will “bow down” (in full humility) under the weightiness of “HIS” Glory.
Observation #5. The populace of Yehudim (Jews) in the time of Messiah’s first appearance was completely familiar with the counterfeit evil weed mentioned in the Twelfth Parable. The wheat and the evil weed were so similar in appearance that the people called the wicked weed, “bastard wheat.” The counterfeit weed remains straight, proud, perfectly upright. For it possesses no substance in its head full of weightless darkness.
Observation #6. The Righteous One who is our Head reveals who we are at full maturity. We are promised that one day our faces will shine as brilliantly as the glory of the sun in its fullness.
The evil one who is the head of unbelievers (the wicked; g-d of this age) reveals whose image they reflect at full maturity (their resurrection day). Their faces will reflect the darkness of the moon when at full eclipse. At the time of a full eclipse the moon reflects no light whatsoever. In this case the moon has completely ceased to reflect the ‘glory of the sun.’ In truth the sun is the source of light.
The moon possesses no light of its own. It only reflects, like a mirror, the glorious light of the sun. The moon without the illuminating Presence of the light of the sun is just a dead, dark, foreboding object. So it is with Humankind. Without the life-giving Presence of the Light of Adonai we are a lifeless, dead humanity. The mirror is useless unless it reflects the life of the beautiful Face of Light for which we were all made (Tselem Elohim-Image of G-d). The two contrasting maturities in view here of the Light versus darkness are eschatological ones. On the Day of Judgment it will be abundantly clear who are the sons of light (בְּנֵי הָאוֹר) and sons of day (בְנֵי הַיּוֹם); and who are the sons of the night (fig. night, lit. sons who לַיִל-‘twist’ away from the light-בְּנֵי הַלַּיְלָה)
Observation #7. The reason why you must leave the weeds alone with the wheat is because you can’t tell the difference between the two different species of plant life until full maturity. It is a Great Joy for me to know that although my little brothers and sisters in the Lord do not at the youthful outset of their immaturity look much different than the children of the world: they are immensely different! Invisibly, you beloved ones (אֲהוּבַי) possess deep within yourselves, your spirits, the Seed of the Father (ze’ra Elohim – זֶ֣רַע אֱלֹהִ֑ים) and for this reason I know your glorious destiny is a certainty:
You will one day be made shalom like the King of Glory (Melekh HaKavod), our Father who dwells in heaven (Avinu Shebashamayim).
This is so solely because you have received the free Gift of the Seed (זֶ֣רַע אֱלֹהִ֑ים) of Abba our Father (Abba Avinu)—the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are right in saying that we are saved only by the Grace of Adonai and that our only boasting is forever to solely be in Adonai. It is a true saying that our heavenly Father gives grace to the humble—-the righteous barley that is in its pure humility applied as (righteous) leaven (חָמֵ֖ץ) into the wheat bread on Shavuot; to make His Glory Rise! but He opposes the proud.
The Work of the Evil One:
Central to the Twelfth mashal of Messiah is the fact that the Good Sower of wheat has an enemy. During the night when the people are asleep the enemy deliberately sows weeds (evil grass or tares) among the wheat. In the early stages of development the two plants very much resemble each other. However, by the time the two plants have “headed out,” the difference between the wheat and the weed can clearly be seen:
So why not immediately separate the wheat from the weeds?
The reason one waits until the harvest time to separate the two plants is because when they grew up together in the field their roots and plants became ‘intertwined.’ If there was a premature attempt (in the field of the world) to separate the two plants the wheat plants would be seriously damaged. Therefore, the servants are directed to wait until the harvest when the owner (Adonai) will employ harvesters to separate the two plants and harvest their two very different types of grains (i.e. the useful grain will be saved in storage and the useless grains will be removed and destroyed). The enemy sower of counterfeit wheat (weeds) is the evil one. He invented the evil seeds and his wicked self-righteous false-torah (the leaven of pride) that goes with it.
The so-called truth of the evil one is a “counterfeit” to the true Word of Adonai (D’var HaShem).
The Accuser (Satan) works unrecognized as he plants his counterfeit teachings in the midst of all the religions and political philosophies of the world. Only those mature believers who have already (in a mature but not yet perfect way) ‘headed out,’ are sufficiently capable enough in their understanding (rich in Adonai) sufficient to quickly discern and oppose the wiles of the enemy; who works ‘invisibly’ cloaked under the cover of his darkness (his rule over the night).
The Fruit of Light:
Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
The Spirit of Adonai (ר֣וּחַ יְהוָ֑ה) will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom (ר֧וּחַ חָכְמָ֣ה) and understanding (וּבִינָ֗ה) [טוּב—Fruit of Goodness]
The spirit of counsel (ר֤וּחַ עֵצָה֙) and strength (וּגְבוּרָ֔ה), [צְדָקָה—Fruit of Righteousness]
The spirit of knowledge (ר֥וּחַ דַּ֖עַת) and the fear (וְיִרְאַ֥ת) of יְהוָֽה Adonai. [אֱמֶת—Fruit of Truth]
The Fruit of Light in order of the three paired stages of (spiritual) development are:
The mature (מְבֻגָּרִים, מְבוּגָר-grown up) possesses goodness (טוּב-Tov) that is both “chokmah” (חׇכְמָה-wisdom) and “biynah” (בִּינָה-understanding). Understanding includes the ability to discern the spirit and character of someone or something. It is the reflexive ability to ‘quickly’ distinguish between good and evil in such a way that the good is immediately embraced (בַּטּוֹב-cling to what is good) and the evil is effectively resisted (שִׂנְאוּ אֶת הָרַע-abhor what is evil) and overcome (הִתְיַצְּבוּ נֶגֶד הַשָּׂטָן וְיִבְרַח מִפְּנֵיכֶם-Resist the devil [with good] and he will flee from you). Shalom, Shalom.