Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field:…
The good and the worthless.
I. THESE ARE EXTERNALLY ALIKE, BUT VITALLY DIFFERENT.
II. AS THEY GROW THEIR VITAL DIFFERENCES BECOME MORE MANIFEST.
III. THE WORLD-FIELD IN WHICH THEY GROW IS THE PROPERTY OF CHRIST. It is one of the mysteries of the Divine government that God should allow an enemy in the field at all.
IV. THOUGH THEY ARE PERMITTED TO GROW TOGETHER FOR A TIME THERE IS A DESTINED PERIOD OF SEPARATION. Many a sinner might have been worse than he is, but for restraining contact with Christians. We must not think that forbearance is equal to complacency of evil. A strong government can afford to tolerate its foes.
(E. D. Green.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: