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He said, "Thus is the sovereignty of God:
as a person might throw seed on the earth,
and might sleep and rise night and day,
and the seed sprouts and lengthens,
though one does not know how.
By itself the earth bears fruit,
first grass, then an ear, then full grain in the ear.
When the fruit is ripe, immediately one sends the sickle,
for the harvest has arrived."

He put another parable to them:
"The sovereignty of heaven is like
a person sowing beautiful seed in his field.
At night while the people were sleeping, his enemy came
and sowed weeds in between the wheat and went away.
When the grass sprouted and produced fruit,
then the weeds appeared also.

The servants approaching the master of the house
said to him, 'Lord,
did you not sow beautiful seed in your field?
Where then have the weeds come from?'

"He said to them, 'An enemy did this.'

"The servants asked him,
'Then do you want us to go gather them?'

"But he said, 'No, lest pulling up the weeds
you should uproot with them the wheat.
Let both grow together until the harvest;
and in the season of the harvest I will say to the reapers:
"First gather the weeds
and tie them into bundles to burn them,
but gather the wheat into my barn."'"

He said, "How shall we describe the sovereignty of God,
or by what parable may we compare it?
It is like a mustard seed,
which when it is sown on the earth,
is smaller than all the seeds of the earth,
but when it comes up and grows,
it is greater than the vegetables and becomes a tree,
so that the birds of heaven come and dwell in its branches."

He spoke another parable to them:
"The sovereignty of God is like yeast,
which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour,
until the whole of it was lightened."

Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds,
so that what was said through the prophet might be fulfilled:

I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter what has been hidden from creation.

Then leaving the crowds he went into the house.
His disciples approached him saying,
"Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field."

He answered,
"The sower of the beautiful seed is the human son;
the field is the world;
the beautiful seed, these are the sons of the sovereignty;
the weeds are the sons of the evil one,
and the enemy sowing them is the devil;
the harvest is the completion of the age,
and the reapers are angels.

"Therefore as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire,
so will it be at the completion of the age:
the human son will send his angels,
and they will gather out of his sovereignty
all the offenses and ones doing wrong,
and will throw them into the oven of fire;
there will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
Then the just will shine out as the sun
in the sovereignty of their Father.
Let the one having ears hear.

"The sovereignty of heaven is like
a treasure hidden in a field, which finding a person hid,
and from his joy he goes and sells whatever he has
and buys that field.

"Again the sovereignty of heaven is like
a merchant seeking beautiful pearls;
and finding one very precious pearl,
going away he sold everything he had and bought it.
You too search for imperishable and enduring treasure,
where no moth comes near to devour, and no worm destroys.

"Again the sovereignty of heaven is like
a net cast into the sea gathering from every kind,
which when filled was brought up on the shore,
and sitting they gathered the beautiful into baskets,
and threw out the bad.

"So will it be at the completion of the age;
the angels will go out
and separate the bad from among the just,
and will throw them into the oven of fire;
there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Have you understood all these things?"

They said to him, "Yes."

He said to them, "For this reason every scholar
who has become a disciple of the sovereignty of heaven
is like a master of a house
who brings out of his treasure the new and old."

When Jesus finished these parables, he moved from there.

37. Parables on the Sovereignty of Heaven Harmony 37 * Interpretation 37
38. Calming a Storm and a Demoniac Harmony 38 * Synthesis 38 * Interpretation 38

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