Parables for Today
Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Who has ears to hear, let him hear. God has a field, defined here as the entire world.
There is a divine meaning and purpose being worked out here. This parable is showing two different works being done in the world. And it provides understanding as to why there is evil. God plants good seed that becomes His children of the Kingdom.
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That is why God tells His servants to let them both grow to harvest when the difference will become apparent. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. Satan is the god of this age and keeps everyone deceived 2 Corinthians 4 : 4 2 Corinthians 4 : 4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them. Be patient with those you work with. Treat people with kindness, fairness and gentleness. God, who knows the heart—something I could not always discern—expects us to do this.
One of the key thoughts in this parable is the owner telling his servants to not go through the field cutting out those they thought were tares. I worked with many people who expressed interest in God and a desire to live righteously. You learn to give them the benefit of the doubt. When they sin, it provides the opportunity to help them get back on their feet spiritually. People may at times act like a tare but be a son of the Kingdom. And people may act like a son of the Kingdom but be a tare.
One of the lessons I took from this parable is to let God do the work of discerning who are His and who are not. Treating people fairly and kindly always had good results. I looked down to avoid nodding back and saw a line of pepper across the threshold. Brother Jean noticed my glance. I looked up slowly, past the confident stance of youth, the well-fed belly, the silly grin, the unlined face of moral certainty. I looked up into clear blue eyes that had never despaired. I hated Brother Jean at that moment. Not mine. I take my own accounting of my sins. Still, in a perverse way, it felt good to be angry.
It was the thought of those kids. We just want to give these boys something to do on Saturdays. Keep them safe, off the street. Just let them have some good, clean fun. I stared at him. He shrugged. The few parents who brought their kids frowned at me, suspicious. I kept to myself, making no effort to win them over.
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Let Brother Jean greet them. They were right not to want me near their kids. Most of the boys wandered onto the field beside the rectory on their own. They were wary and tough, the children of prostitutes and addicts and people too worn down by poverty to care any more. They looked me over and sneered. I was just like them, and they knew it. That helped.
It was impossible to confuse these cynical, knowing faces with those others, and the fact that the parents suffered me only for the sake of Brother Jean helped, too. At least they expected nothing good from me. Nothing I could betray.
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Brother Jean sorted the boys out. When he was done, I had eight slouching around me. Here are their names. I turned and walked to the far end of the field. The boys trailed after me.
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The way they looked at each other, seeking weaknesses, cooled my blood. A couple of them fingered knives as they waited out my inspection and I saw dried blood on one of the blades.
Ten, eleven, twelve years old and already they were as cold and merciless as the streets they ran on. One boy had a wizened burn marked on his cheek; another, a broad white line just above his eyebrow. The lid below it drooped, giving that eye a sleepy look which the other, wide and fierce, repudiated. I stopped looking then. I took a deep breath.
And I decided to teach them baseball. Maybe just to spite Brother Jean. I shrugged. I looked straight into those eyes, saying nothing, until his expression changed. I knew what my face looked like by the way his eyes widened. He took a step backward, his right hand sneaking down to his pocket.
Those near him shifted sideways. It was each man for himself in this group. The words fell like broken glass from my mouth. The boys stood so still I could hear them breathe. Their eyes were riveted on me, sensing blood, not knowing its source. The Beginner's Bible. The Parables for Today introduces you to the parables of Jesus in an engaging and accessible way. McKenzie makes the familiar parables come alive with new meaning using the best of biblical scholarship to provide an easy entrance to this major form of Jesus' teaching.
McKenzie covers the purpose, properties, and proclaimers of Jesus' parables before focusing on several key parables. With questions for discussion and reflection at the end of each chapter, The Parables for Today is ideal for personal or group study. Related Products. Walter J. Carl III. William J. Ronald J. Beth LaNeel Tanner. Have a question about this product?
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