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Weekly Moravian Message for July 20, 2014

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 20, 2014

Seeds and weeds

The parable of the wheat and the tares reminds us of the power of God’s word when it is proclaimed throughout the world. It has a supernatural power to change the hearts of people and produce righteous results. It reminds us that there is an evil element within our world as well. This is the work of Satan himself. As the parable describes, this evil will come in various forms, many of which can be difficult to detect and even more difficult to remove later on.

The Lord taught us in this parable that it is sometimes better to nurture, care for, and strengthen the good seed than it is to focus on the weeds that have been planted. In this parable, if the workers had attempted to remove the weeds from the fields, they would have destroyed many good seeds, and the crop would have been diminished. This coexistence enabled the good seed to mature and produce a needed blessing for many.

This parable does not allow for the approval of evil that is in our world today. It does teach us that Satan is the great imitator and that his work can come in very deceptive forms. So at times our greatest defense to this deceptive attack is to maintain a strong offense. The Christian is called to spread the gospel of Christ. We are to be responsible to his kingdom by strengthening and edifying the church through all our spiritual gifts. The tragedy will come when the tares will receive his full attention at the appointed time.

Therefore, for the church, it is imperative we keep sowing the seed.

Tim Sapp, pastor, Advent Moravian Church,
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Moravian Daily Texts


Wednesday, May 23 — Psalm 68:19–27
Numbers 12:1–13:16; Mark 13:14–27

One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city. Proverbs 16:32

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19

God of peace, your word tells us we must not only seek peace, but pursue it. Grant us the faith to trust in you, so that we may lay down our arms. Give
us the strength to make peace, so that we may be blessed. We thank you for all your faithful servants who have taught us the way of peace and justice, especially your son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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