Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 “God Shines through a Gold Tooth” RSUMC 20140727


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goldtooth He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ‘ Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen! [NRSV]

There have been some strange things show up in the offering plate through the years.

A half of a set of dentures, a silver scull and cross bones, IOUs, prepaid gift cards, chips from Harra‘s casino and once a gold tooth.

The funny things is the old dentures sold at a church yard sale for $20 and became one of the annual White elephant gifts at the choir Christmas party.

The scull ring sold for $44 on eBay. The gift cards took a traveling family to lunch. The casino chips were invested back at Harra’s and returned double the investment.

The gold tooth was valued at $14. It became the core ore of a smelting for mission trip to Brazil.

Sometimes what seems like the weeds turns out to be the fruit.

But there is a more serious warning found in the simple parable.

Jesus was the author of the parable. There had been fables similes and metaphors. But Jesus use this new teaching that combines elements of other figures of speech and story telling to explain the foundations of God‘s nature, methods, purpose and reality

Today’s parable teaches about the power if the weeds

My grandfather would drop his grand kids on the edge of a forty plus acre field and expect is to pull stalks Johnson grass out from the new corn plants. To the untrained eye like mine, they looked very similar and I would pull up the corn with greater easy than the grass. So the grass would not take root again we had to carry what we pulled to the end of each row where we could show off our hard work. My best effort was about 50/50.

My cousins might have accused me of doing it on purpose as I would get to have extra time with granddaddy learning the difference having him work on my row with me. But that grass would spread and strangle the corn. It had to be removed but we would never get it all. But when the corn got taller than the grass it was too late, it would have to wait.

Not matter how careful or faithfully we live we live in a sinful broken world filled with evil and temptation of all kinds. And God allows the crisis and chaos

Not so much as our punishment. Rather as a witness of Gods patience and nature. God is willing to wait on us, while we wait on God.

Be sure that if I’m trying to loose weight I don’t need to go visit the hard working folks at Krispy Kreme. I just found one in East Ridge this week I almost made it to the parking lot but knew I didn’t beed to be that close to the confections.

I have heard it said that of the angels made food for God it would come up from that hot goodness and through that glaze fountain at Krispy Kreme

From the parable I know God is not going to stop the production at KK Dunkin and other bakeries on my account. God is more interested in my choices than the presence of evil.

That a simple one. We look at millionaire entertainers and athletes who we idolize and know more about than the neighbors who fear for jobs and dread for closures.

Just like the good seeds in the parable wish God would have all those who would bring evil I to the field stopped and they destruction removed. God doesn’t operate that way

What God promises is to stand with us in the mix. If we stand with God evil will not prevail in the end.

But what do good seeds like us do in the between time.

First we need to stand with God. Don’t give in to evil and say god is not with us. God is real and alive

Second teach and remind each other that the precise if evil is not the end of the story. Have hope and do t give in. How do I know if I have give up? When I quit asking or trying.

Finally shine like the Son. Live like we know that evil is a temporary state and not the answer goal or default.

Let the love and patience of god shine brighter then the lutes and tease of evil and God will shine through us.

Homework. Identify what are the weeds and what is the corn
Ask forgiveness for when we call evil good

Don’t call a hot one nutrition
Don’t call feeding a child to trivial

Don’t call security wealth
Don’t call opening your heart to be in Christain relationship too hard.

Don’t think god had checked out
Don’t check out just when God calls for us to stand up.

Get it? Got ears? Good. Go do it.

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