24. Another similar allegory that He shared with them (as a visible symbol representing an abstract idea) went like this: “The Kingdom of/from the heavens is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25. But while he was sleeping, an enemy of his came and sowed darnel...weeds that closely resemble wheat, among the real wheat that the man had planted. Then the enemy went on his way.
26. The man, of course, had no idea that his field had been sabotaged, but when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the darnel appeared right along with the wheat – the false growing in tandem with the real.
27. So the man’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good quality seed in your field? How, then, is it possible that it has darnel shoots in it?”
28. He replied to them, “Obviously, an enemy has done this in an attempt to compromise the harvest.” So the servants said to him, “Well, then, do you want us to go and weed them out so that the field can maintain its integrity?
29. He said to them, “No…don’t do that…because if you go in there focused only on removing the weeds – or what is false in the field – you’ll inadvertently root up the true wheat - or what is real - along with it.
30. Just let them grow together until that field’s harvest-time, because then I’ll tell the reapers, “Gather the darnel first and bind it in bundles to be purged in the fire, but gather the wheat that remains after the purging into my granary.”
31. He created for them yet another visual image by way of story-telling, again using the symbolism of a seed, saying, “The Kingdom of/from the heavens is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field.
32. Of all the seeds, it is actually the smallest, but when it has grown, it becomes the largest of the garden herbs…literally becomes a tree big enough for the birds of the air to come and find shelter in its branches. In this way He revealed that the Kingdom begins in the small things, but because it is a living, growing thing, it increases day by day.