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Burning Weeds

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Burning Weeds

Matthew 13:24-30 (NIV)

24Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28“ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29“ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”

Matthew 13:36-43 (NIV)

36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

37He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The 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. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

        I.            Introduction:

      II.            The Condition of the World: Seeds and Weeds

a.       The Lord’s Good Work

                                                               i.      The Labor of God

                                                             ii.      The Crop of God

b.      The Devil’s Wicked Act

                                                               i.      The Evil Deed

                                                             ii.      The Bad Weeds

c.       The Evil in Our Midst

                                                               i.      Evil that Contaminates the World

                                                             ii.      Evil that Counterfeits Good

                                                            iii.      Evil That Awaits Judgment

    III.            The Solution of the Lord: Hell and Harvest

a.       The Sons of the Evil One Doomed

                                                               i.      The Sons of the Evil Ones Weeded Out

                                                             ii.      The Sons of the Evil Ones Thrown in the Fire

                                                            iii.      The Sons of the Evil One in Eternal Torment

b.      The Sons of the Kingdom Saved

                                                               i.      The Sons of the Kingdom Gathered

                                                             ii.      The Sons of the Kingdom Glorified

    IV.            Conclusion:

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