Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
Matthew 13:24-41
Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field:…

I. THE TWO PLANTERS — "He that soweth good seed is the Son of Man." "The enemy that sowed them is the devil."

1. The One is good and beneficent. He cultivates His own rightful possession. He acts as a gracious Benefactor. The other is only malignant, the common foe of all good.

2. The Planter of good is first; the planter of evil comes after. As Satan followed the planting in Eden, so he follows every holy planting.

3. The Planter of all good does His work openly, in the eyes of all. It is the nature of good and truth to be open; falsehood and sin are cowardly.


1. They are intermingled in the same field.

2. They are hard to distinguish.

3. They both grow.


1. That of the servants in natural, and seemingly founded on just zeal for what is good, but is unwise and hurtful. We are not able to judge rightly.

2. The policy of the Master, though more perplexing, is far better. It leaves things less satisfactory for the time, but accomplishes the greatest good in the end.

3. The policy of the Blaster will prevail, despite all efforts to the contrary, even to the end of the age.


1. Note the reapers — not the " servants." Mightier strength and higher wisdom than theirs is needed.

2. Note the commands which they execute" Gather ye together," etc.

3. Note the final result.

(J. A. Seiss, D.D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

WEB: He set another parable before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,

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