Weeping and Gnashing

Terrible words

Matthew records Jesus using this description “weeping and gnashing of teeth” seven times while teaching and preaching throughout the land. He was prophesying the end of those He called the sons of the kingdom, stumbling blocks, committers of lawlessness, wicked, unfaithful, worthless servants, hypocrites and those seeking salvation on their own terms. (Matthew 22:1-14) The places where this weeping and gnashing occurs are called “outer darkness”, “furnace of fire” and a “place for hypocrites.” So, why do I bring you this today? Because I’m a gardener who has no place for weeds.

“And when the wheat sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also became evident. And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; while you are gathering up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and at the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.'” (Matthew 13:26-30 NASB)

It is not my place to pull them up, but I can expose their whereabouts. They are among those called Christians.

Today’s packed buildings would surprise Jesus’ disciples. “And He was passing through one city and village after another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” “And He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” (Luke 13:22-23 NASB)

“So just as the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The one who has ears, let him hear. (Matthew13:40-43 NASB)

So, that’s the situation, the few are among the many until the Son of Man appears with His angels. Guided by truth the children of God believe “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”  (Romans 10:9-10 NASB)