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WEEDS    4'2m0f The parable of the wheat and weeds

ED --   And now, sit down, put your feet up, relax and listen to 
another edition of... Parables on Parade. Tonight's parable is from 
Matthew chapter 12, beginning at verse 24.

Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a 
man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was 
sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went 
away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also 
appeared. "The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't 
you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come 
from?' "'An enemy did this,' he replied.

FRED -- (from afar) Hold the door for me, will ya? (up close) Hope 
I'm not too late.

ED --   Why are you bringing a wheel barrow into the studio?

FRED -- To take care of the weeds.

ED --   The weeds.

FRED -- In the parable.

ED --   Look around. Do you see any weeds in this studio?

FRED -- No.

ED --   So, why are you bringing a whole wheelbarrow full of gadgets 
in here?

FRED -- I'm glad you asked that question. See, I think that if the 
guy with the weeds had all this modern technology, there wouldn't be 
any need for this parable.

ED --   This parable is not about weeds, it's about...

FRED -- Pfff. A lot you know. Did the enemy plant weeds in his wheat 
field or not?

ED --   Yes, but it was only a story....

FRED -- And did the weeds grow up when wheat was ready to harvest?

ED --   Well, yes, but...

FRED -- And what did his servants want to do next?

ED --   They wanted to pull the weeds.

FRED -- Then, how did he answer his servants.

ED --   He told them that it wouldn't work to pull the weeds.

FRED -- Ahha! That brings us to the modern technology which WOULD 
work. Help me put these tanks on my back.

ED --   And just what do we call this piece of modern technology?

FRED -- This is a flame thrower. You just point this nozzle at those 
pesky weeds, and seconds later, the weeds are a reduced to ashes.

ED --   Be careful where you point that...

FRED -- Oh, don't be such a worry wart. I know exactly what I'm 
doing...(roar)

Ah, is there a fire extinguisher... 

(Wshshshsh)

ED --   There, it's out. But, your little piece of modern 
technology just incinerated my script.

FRED -- Sorry, about that.

ED --   Besides, if you used it on weeds, you'd incinerate the wheat 
as well.

FRED -- Well, then you'll be very interested in this highly specific 
piece of modern technology. Help me put THIS tank on my back.

ED --   Shall I call the fire department?

FRED -- This stuff in THESE tanks isn't flammable. THESE tanks 
are full of concentrated weed killer which, when sprayed on the 
entire wheat field, will eradicate the weeds and leave the wheat 
completely unharmed.

ED --   Be careful where you point that!

FRED -- Boy, I tell ya, ya make one mistake and they won't leave you 
alone.

ED --   Well, I'm sure your little piece of modern technology will 
be very effective on weeds, but this parable is not about weeds. 
It's about God's strategy for weeding out those who turn their backs 
on the Lord. Instead of incinerating everybody on earth, like your 
flame thrower there, the Lord will wait until everybody on earth has 
had a chance to turn back to the Lord, then he'll gather the 
nonbelievers together like the weeds in the parable and burn them. 
Please watch where you point that nozzle.

FRED -- Oh, this. Don't worry. Nothing comes out unless you press 
this button here. (psssst) Oh, sorry, anybody got a sponge?

ED --   I don't know how to tell you this, but there's no weeds in 
our electronic equipment here.

FRED -- Don't worry. The spray is high specific. It won't harm your 
electronic equip... (static, status, pop)


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