How do we live in this wicked world? Jesus teaches us to worry less about wickedness and pay attention to our own faith and living.

Notes And Next Steps

Matthew 13:24-30,36-43  + Part 4 of the series “The Parables Of Jesus"


Don’t 1) hide your faith, 2) isolate from the world, or 3) judge eternally people or groups because you see how bad things are.

“The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.” (Matthew 13:37-39)

The weeds cannot and will not overtake the wheat. But, Jesus sure hopes that the wheat will overcome the weeds.

“‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest.’” (Matthew 13:28-30)

“At the end of the age.” (Matthew 13:40)

“Collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.” (Matthew 13:30)

“The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” (Matthew 13:43)

Discussion Questions

  1. What do these represent in Jesus’ parable? Wheat. Weeds. Field. Farmer. Enemy. Harvest. Harvesters. What new insight or appreciation did you gain today?
  2. Where is the place in your life that you encounter the most unbelief? Which of these tempts you? Hide your faith. Isolate from unbelief. Judge eternally people or groups. 
  3. Someone says, “In the Old Testament God commanded his people to defeat the ungodly, and Christians today can do the same if we work together.” Evaluate that statement. Apply Matthew 10:16-20 and Luke 9:53-55.
  4. “Jesus handles the risk of believers rubbing elbows with unbelievers.” Explain.