Many Similes of Jesus

Jesus put another simile before the people.  "The reign of the heavens is like a man sowing good seed in his field.  While his men are sleeping, his enemy comes in and sows weeds in the middle of the wheat, and sneaks off.  When the herb began to grow and yield fruit, the weeds also appeared.  The servants of the farmer came to him and said, "Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field?  Then why is it full of weeds?"
     He replied, "A man, my enemy, did this."
     The servants said, "Do you want us to go pull out the weeds?"
     He said, "No.  In pulling the weeds you may be pulling up the wheat, too.  When it's time to harvest, I'll tell the reapers to first pull up the weeds, gather it into bundles and burn it.  Then gather the wheat up into my storehouse."

Here's another simile Jesus told them.  "The reign of the heavens is like a grain of mustard.  A man takes it and sows it in his field.  It may be smaller than all the other seeds, but when it has grown, it is the greatest of the herbs, becoming like a tree so that the birds of the heaven come and rest in its branches!"

Another simile:  "The reign of the heavens is like yeast, which a woman placed in three measures of meal, until all of it was risen."  All the things Jesus spoke to the crowds were in similes.  He never spoke to them without one, so that the prophecy might be fulfilled which said, "I will open my mouth in similes.  I will tell of things that have been hidden from the foundation of the world."  (Psalm 78:2) 

When Jesus sent the crowds away, he came to the house.  His disciples came up to him and said, "Explain to us the simile of the weeds of the field."
     Jesus answered, "The one who is sowing the good seed is the Son of Man [Jesus].  The field is the world, and the good seed are the sons of the reign.  The weeds are the sons of the evil one.  The enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the full end of this age.  The reapers are the angels.  Then, as the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the full end of this age.  The Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather up out of his kingdom all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing evil.  He shall cast them to the furnace of the fire.  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then shall the righteous ones shine forth as the sun in the reign of their Father.  He who is having ears to hear--LET HIM HEAR!"

Again, "The reign of the heavens is like a treasure hidden in a field.  When a man finds it, he runs out with great joy, sells everything he has, and buys the field."

Again, "The reign of the heavens is like a merchant searching out perfect pearls.  When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes away, sells everything he has, and buys it."

Again, "The reign of the heavens is like a net that is cast into the sea, and gathers together all kinds of sea creatures.  When the net is filled, it's pulled up onto the beach.  The men sit down and sort out the catch, placing the good items into baskets, and throwing the bad items out.  That is how it shall be in the full end of the age.  The angels shall come forth and separate the evil out of the righteous and shall throw them to the furnace of the fire.  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."  Jesus said to them, "Do you understand all of this?"
     They said to him, "Yes, Sir."
     He said to them, "Then you see that everyone who is well schooled in regard to the reign of the heavens is like a man, a home owner, who brings out from his household, treasures, both new and old."

It came to pass that when Jesus finished all these similes, he left there and returned to his own country.  He was teaching them in their synagogue, and they were astonished, saying, "Why is this one so full of wisdom and mighty works?  He's nothing but a carpenter's son.  Isn't Mary his mother?  Aren't James, Joses, Simon, and Judas his brothers?  Don't we all know his sisters?  Aren't they all part of our community?  Who does he think he is?"  And they stumbled because of him.  Jesus said to them, "A prophet has honor everywhere, except in his own country, and in his own house."  He didn't do very many mighty works there because they didn't believe.  (Matthew 13:24-58)

Adapted from Young's Literal Translation of the Bible, which is in the public domain.


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