Jesus Explains the Parable of the Weeds; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy. 

Jesus left the crowd and went into the house we were staying at. We came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.

“The Son of Man?” I gasped. Daniel the prophet spoke of him hundreds of years earlier. He wrote about a dream he had. What was it he said…”In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

Jesus continued, “The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

Only God can command angels. Has to be the same Son of Man Daniel wrote about.

As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Jesus made a point to meet everyone’s eyes when he said that.

That’s something to think about for sure.

Matthew 13:36-43
Daniel 7:13-14

Parables Fulfilling Prophecy; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.

Jesus looked at us, and again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?

He smiled, “It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.

He told us still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.

Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. Matthew said to me that it fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”

But when he was alone with us, he explained everything. Which is good, because they made my head hurt sometimes.

Mark 4:30-34
Matthew 13:33-35
Psalm 78:2

The Parable of the Sower; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.

Later, we noticed Jesus hadn’t come back. We set off in search for him, weaving through the city streets. After a while, we got to the lake and noticed a familiar figure sitting on the shore.

By then we had a crowd with us, also wondering where he was. Jesus looked up at us and smiled. He stood and walked to a nearby boat, climbing in. He took a seat.

Peter asked if he wanted to go out on the lake. Jesus shook his head, looked at the crowd, and began to teach in parables.

Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed,” Jesus swept his arm across his body as if he was tossing seed. “As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

Jesus pointed up, saying, “But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.”

Then, opening his hands wide, “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.

He pauses. Then scanning the crowd, meeting individuals’ eyes, says, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.

Matthew 13:1-9; Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-8