Penelope Potter Ss.T
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also..
"GOOD MORNING MISS POTTER!"
"Is everyone ready to begin their Sunday School lesson for today?"
"YES, MISS POTTER!"
"Very good. Then we will begin. Today's lesson is about...."
"Miss Potter? Did you ever pick daisies?"
"Yes Linda, I have. But why did you interrupt me just to ask me if I ever picked daisies?"
"Because my momma and me picked daisies last week, and it was fun. I just wanted to tell you that. I'm sorry if I made you mad at me."
"I'm not mad at you Linda. I just don't want to be interrupted when I'm teaching the class."
"Miss Potter, I didn't pick daisies, but I picked grapes in my grampa's grape garden."
"That's very nice Willard, but the word for where grapes are grown is not a grape garden, but a vineyard."
"Oh. Well it was fun. And I learned a whole bunch too. Do you want me to tell you what I learned Miss Potter?"
"As a matter of fact I do want you to tell us what you learned since it's about grapes and wheat our class is about. What....?"
"Miss Potter? I never picked up grapes, but my uncle Leroy has a farm and he grows stuff that looks like puffy grass, and it's real tall too. He took me with him when he har..., when he har..., when he cut it with a big truck with paddles on it."
"That's called harvesting Timmy. And what did you learn about wheat when you were on your uncle's farm?"
"Yeah, harvest, that what we did. We harvesteded. Well, I learned that when the wheat stuff is all growed up it looks like a pop corn stick kinda, with a whole bunch of little seed things on the top. But I didn't eat any of them, they didn't look good."
"No, wheat doesn't look very tasty when it's in the field. But do you know what they do with seeds after it's been harvested and processed?"
"I don't know nothing about that processy stuff, but they make bread out of the seeds, but not the tall thing that holds up the puffy things. My aunt made us some bread from the stuff we harvestered and mmmmm was it goooood!. And it smelled real good too."
"I'll bet it did. And Timmy, did you harvest all the wheat in the field? Or did you leave some?"
"No Miss Potter. Some of it was no good like weeds, and some of it didn't make very many seeds like they should, and so we throwed it to the pigs. They like that old stuff. I don't know why. They even eat the stuff we throw away after we eat. Yuck!"
"Miss Potter? My grampa doesn't pick all his grapes either. But he doesn't have any pigs, so he doesn't give any to them. But he doesn't eat any of the bad stuff either. That would be gross."
"And what does your grandfather do with the grapes that he doesn't like Willard?"
"He puts them in a big pile with the other things he doesn't like."
"What other things do you mean Willard? Are you referring to the branches he cuts off the vines?"
"Yes Miss Potter. The branch things that don't grow grapes he cuts off and puts them in a big pile. When he does that, when he cuts of the branches that look all snarly and things, the grape plants look real pretty and they make real nice big grapes. I like grape jam, do you Miss Potter? If you do, maybe I can bring you some next time I go to grampa's"
"Yes Willard, I'd like that very much. Do you know why your grandfather cuts off those old dead branches?"
"Yes Miss Potter. He said the dead branches take up the food and water the good branches need to make good grapes, so they gotta be cut off so the good branches can grow real good."
"That's right. And Timmy, when you were harvesting with your uncle, did you notice anything about the stalks of the wheat? That is, did you see what your uncle did with the stalks?"
"You mean that long thing the puffy thing is on? Yes Miss Potter, my uncle made a pile out of them and built a thing that looks like a wall kinda. And then he feed it to the cows and the horses and stuff like that. Is that what you mean?"
"Yes Timmy, that's what I mean. Thank you. Willard, when your grandfather threw the branches that didn't produce fruit in a big pile, he did something with those dead, fruitless branches. Did you see what he did with them?"
"Yes Miss Potter. He took a match and burned them all up."
24The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Mat 13:)
1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth ["Cleans, prune, make amends for wrongdoing"] it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (John 15:)
7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (Heb 12:)
14Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. 15And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor ["Afflict, trouble"] for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt (Hosea 2:)
22Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:)
8All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (Mat 24:)