Gospel of Thomas - Chapter 023
- (21) Mary said to Jesus, "Whom are your disciples like?"
- He said, "They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, 'Let us have back our field.' They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
The disciples settled into the field which was not their own. They had taken up residence in 'earthly Israel', they were still of the flesh.
When the religious rulers demand they give back the people into their control, the disciples made themselves naked (exposed their own sin) in order to focus on the spiritual reality that the kingdom of God was a teaching of peace.
The grain (seed) is always Christ. When he is ready, he will harvest quickly.