Parable of the Weeds

CFL Summer

The Narrative of Jesus’ Life

The Parable of the Weeds is the second parable Jesus interprets in Matthew chapter 13, following the Parable of the Sower.

Reading from the Gospel

Matthew 13:36 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.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (ESV)

Sharing your Faith

  • What strikes you the most about this passage?
  • Jesus is very clear about impending eternal judgement. Discuss how this is viewed in society in general and specifically among Christians.
  • Share what you find hopeful about this passage.

Pray for One Another

Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.

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Conversations about Faith & Life is a weekly interactive devotion to equip Christians to live out their faith on a daily basis. It was specifically created for church groups, missional communities, house churches and home schooling. PDF versions of the next week’s CFL are posted Wednesdays on the Resources page of KevinWilson360. It is also posted on the KevinWilson360 blog the following Monday.


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