Jesus taught a parable to a group gathered at the seashore at the Sea of Galilee.
There was a farmer who planted good seeds in his field. But when he fell asleep after his long day of work, and enemy came and planted weeds mixed in with the farmer’s wheat. The weeds grew with the wheat, looking the same until the wheat matured with grain.
The farmer’s servants were confused.
‘Didn’t you plant good seeds? Where did the weeds come from?’ one asked the farmer. The farmer looked over his field of mixed plants.
’My enemy has planted the weeds,’ he said sadly.
’Should we go and pull out the weeds?’ asked the servant.
’No,’ said the farmer. ‘They are so closely grown to the wheat that pulling them will likely pull up the wheat with it, and we will lose our crop. We will wait until harvest. Then we will sort the weeds into the fire, and store the wheat safely in the barn.’
The disciples and Jesus went home later that night.
“Master, what did you mean to say with the parable of the farmer?” asked one. The others murmured their interest as well. Jesus looked around the room at His disciples, still young in their understanding of spiritual things.
He explained it to them, saying:
“I am the farmer; the field is the world. The good seeds that I plant are the righteous, and the weeds are the devil’s workers. Satan is the enemy that plants his minions next to my righteous followers. The harvest is the end of the world, and the angels are those who will help me harvest. The barn is the kingdom of my Father, where the righteous shall safely and happily live. The weeds will be cast into the fires of hell, and there burn forever. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”