Text: Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
Title: The World: Where a Wordy War is Waged
INI + AMEN.
What are we to make of the devil? What should we think when hear about Satan? What should be looking out for? What must we keep in mind? Well, I think it’s pretty clear from Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds that the devil, as scheming, cunning, and crafty as he is, isn’t actually that smart. He apes whatever God does. He apes whatever He sees Jesus do. The devil isn’t creative as we count creativeness, but he can only play monkey see, monkey do. He thinks he’s outsmarting the Lord. He certainly outsmarted the Lord’s servants, His angels, “Did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’” But you can’t outsmart the Lord, “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’”
But the devil won’t give up. He keeps waging his war. When it comes to our Gospel lesson, I know you’re thinking, “This doesn’t seem like warfare to me.” But trust me it is. How does the devil wage his war? Well, he does it how the Lord Himself does things: with words. The Lord sows His Word: we learned that last week. When the Lord sows His Spirit-filled Word, it produces sons of the Kingdom. It produces faith. It creates new life. As we heard last week in Isaiah, “My word that goes out from my mouth shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” The Son of Man sows His Word, and the devil sows his word. No matter who’s sowing, sons of a kingdom are produced: Sons of the Father’s Kingdom when the Son sows, and sons of the devil’s kingdom when the devil sows. Continue reading