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Be Patient With Others     Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43     Oct. 14, 2007

    Recently I saw a parent dealing with an unruly child; I enjoyed seeing how the patience of this parent calmed the child and brought corrected behavior. Have you notice what a significant difference a patient leader makes? Recently I witnessed a person moderating a meeting who did not practice patience, and his actions extended the meeting and caused much confusion. When we practice what the Lord taught we will Be Patient With Others.

1.    Be Patient With Others Considering The Lord's . . Enemy. 13:24-30

A.    Considering The Enemy's . . Work. 13:24-26
        24 He presented another parable to them: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared
to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. 26 When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared.

    B.    Considering The Enemy's . . Weeds. 13:27-29
        27  The landowner's slaves came t o him and said, 'Master, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?' 28 " 'An enemy did this!' he told them. " 'So, do you want us to go and gather them up?' the slaves asked him. 29 " 'No,' he said. 'When you gather up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them.

    C.    C
onsidering The Enemy's . . Wrong Doing. 13:30
Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I'll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my esoteric.'"

    Some commentators share with us how in the Middle East, and the Far East even today enemies sow weeds in another's field just to cause them trouble at harvest time. Move this over to our interactions with people. When someone tries your patience; do you ever think it might be the enemy sowing weeds in the actions of the one you are dealing with? How about if you or
I respond in a very negative and impatient manner? Do you normally give much thought to this being the devil's activity? I am sure from the text that He would like to mess up any and all activities of we Christians. In fact I will say, "it is a major part of his work." It is curious how the Lord allows the work of Satan to exist alongside of Christian activities. In the text the men wanted to correct the situation immediately, but the Lord's patience demonstrates the patience we need to copy. Most of the time we see God take care of a situation He does it much better than we ever could. (This happens simply because we patiently waited, and allowed Him to work.) The Lord knows the final word comes from Him, and at judgment the Devil will get his due. This will further prove the benefits of being patient.

2.    Be Patient With Others Considering The Lord's . . Explanation. 13:36-43
    A.    Considering The . . Privileged Explanation. 13:36
        36 Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, "Explain the
parable of the weeds in the field to us."

    B.    Considering The . . Personalities Explained. 13:37-39
7 He replied: "The One who sows the good seed is the • Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; and the good seed--these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and 39 the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

    C.    Considering The . . Plan Explained. 13:40-43
        40 Therefore just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The • Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen! (HCSB)

    The disciples request to understand the parable received the a privilege of an explanation from the Lord. This parable is simple to understand, especially, when you get the explanation from Him. I have heard some fanciful explanations of the details of some parables, but it was not wisdom from above. A good rule of thumb would be to not make the parables say something the Lord did not specifically explain. He tells us about the individual personalities of the parable, and when He does it makes things much clearer. In other verses we are told about the actions of His angels as they thrust in their sickles during the judgment of harvest time. I think all of us will benefit from showing patience when interpreting scripture, and not quickly jump to conclusions? Ultimately the plan that God has will be accomplished. We do not need to be running ahead of God but following Him and seeking His knowledge. Truly we need to Be Patient With Others. Amen? Amen!