Ben’s QTVOTD (Part 2) – “So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them (the weeds)?’ But he said, No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”'” Matthew 13:28-30 -> My primary deep dive on the parable was in relation to sower telling the workers not to pull up the weeds before the harvest lest good wheat be uprooted with the weeds. Jesus doesn’t address this specifically in His explanation of the parable, and none of the other gospels have a recount of this parable so I was not able to cross reference. After talking about his with Marianne, my thoughts are 2 fold. 1) In the context of the church maybe the workers represent the shepherds of the church since the reapers are the angels who will come and gather the evil and wicked out of the world at the end of the age. Maybe the accidental uprooting would be the human error of accidentally segregating out true followers of Jesus with the rounding up of the wicked. 2) Evil living alongside true followers actually is instrumental in driving believers to depend entirely on their Savior. If all the evil and wicked were removed before the end of time it would not serve God’s purposes to solidify and draw His own unto Himself. Regardless, it was an awesome time of study but not crucial theology to get hung up on – IMHO.