The Field and Its Inhabitants

Posted: May 9, 2014 in The Christian Standard
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“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.  But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.  They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.  Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.  But not the wicked!  They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.  They will be condemned at the time of judgment.  Sinners will have no place among the godly.  For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.”  (Psalm 1)

“Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?  Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.  Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.  Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.  Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.  Such people will stand firm forever.” (Psalm 15)

“Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!  The faithful have vanished from the earth!  Neighbors lie to each other, speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.  May the Lord cut off their flattering lips and silence their boastful tongues. They say, ‘We will lie to our hearts’ content, Our lips are our own–who can stop us?’  The Lord replies, ‘I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor.  Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.’  The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.  Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.”  (Psalm 12)

“Here is another story Jesus told: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field.  But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away.  When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.  The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds!  Where did they come from?’ ‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. ‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. ‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do.  Let both grow together until the harvest.  Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’” (Matthew 13:24-29)

The eyes of the Lord are ever scanning the earth, witnessing everything that happens here.  Quite simply, and Scripturally, what he sees is his field, consisting of wheat and weeds.  Remove all the complications and smoke from the details of life: from the news, from politics, from the world scene, our immediate societies and our own personal lives and categorize them simply as either wheat (bearing good fruit, life, and nourishment) or weeds (bearing bad fruit, bringing death and destruction).

Jesus’ followers are the wheat of God’s field.  We are light, nourishment, hope and purity in a world full of weeds.  The weeds, by their nature, encroach, choke and kill, but our Father in heaven preserves our lives and causes us to thrive even in the midst of weeds.  The Scriptures teach us that this reality is just the way it is during life on earth.

Christians are called to bear good fruit and to live our lives in obedience to God’s ways so that when he looks upon his field, he may clearly distinguish the wheat from the weeds and tend to us, his wheat. Christians are not perfect, but we bear good fruit, the kind of fruit that all cultures agree is good and honorable.  Psalm 15 describes some of this fruit and it is exactly the kind of fruit, and the bearer of which, our Father in heaven promises to go out of his way to preserve and protect.

“I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.” (Psalm 3:6)

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