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18 July 2011

Sermon: Proper 11 (Gospel)

Pentecost 5 — 17 July AD 2011

Sermon Theme: Good Growth Ain’t Good Enough

Parable of the WeedsSummary: It’s a jungle out there. The blessed and ordered growth of Christ’s Church is surrounded — sometimes seemingly overwhelmed — by the growth of Satan’s domain. So it was in Jesus’ time, as He illustrates in today’s parable.

We aren’t called to root out and destroy the Church’s enemies. Rather, with our Lord, we wait for the Last Day. Until then, we must be mindful to not envy the rapid growth of Satan’s seed. The Devil’s numbers can never overwhelm Christ’s people. However, if Satan can even lead us into making false comparisons between the Kingdom of Heaven and the Princedom of the Damned, he’s on his way toward removing us from the safety we enjoy with God.

Text: He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of is kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear MP3 of Good Growth Ain’t Good Enough, preached to the saints of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 119:57-64; Isaiah 44:6-8; Romans 8:18-27

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