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On The Side Of The Angels

The harvest is the end of the world, while the harvesters are the angels
Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30

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Scripture Summary Matthew 13:39


It is safe to say that in our mental images of Jesus' parable of the wheat and the weeds, we depict ourselves on the side of the angels. We can see them collecting evildoers (the weeds) and throwing them into the fire while we (the good wheat) patiently wait for them to escort us into heaven. There, in Jesus' words, we will join "the saints who shine like the sun in the Father's Kingdom" (Mt.13:43). In other words, the parable is a proper warning for the evildoers (some of whom we would have little trouble identifying) but, as for us, we're the "good guys," we're on the side of the angels, we're on God's side . . . Aren't we?

The answer, I think, depends largely on whether or not we are talking about the God Jesus reveals in the Gospels or a god of our own creation. People trying to create their own gods is a recurring problem in the Bible and it is very much a part of our lives today. In the Old Testament story of the golden calf, Moses is up on the mountain in deep communication with the Living God. He is receiving the Law, the Commandments. But while he is up there, the people down below grow impatient. They go to Moses' brother, Aaron, and they say, We want a god we can worship." Aaron takes the people's gold and fashions it into a calf for them to worship. When Moses comes down from the mountain and sees his people dancing around the golden calf, he is so outraged that he smashes the Tablets of the Law, grinds the calf to powder, disperses it in the water and makes the idolators drink it. This, incidentally, is one of the Biblical references used in various Christian sects to condemn dancing as being sinful. Moses looked out over the camp full of people and he issued this clear challenge to them: "Who is on the Lord's side? Come and stand with me."

A thousand years passed. Jesus of Nazareth came at a time when the problem [...]

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