The Wheat and the Tares

Matthew 13:24–30 (NKJV)

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

In this parable, Jesus describes the agricultural process of dealing with weeds–or tares–infiltrating the good crops of wheat and other grain.  An enemy may try to sabotage one’s wheat harvest by sowing strange plants that are similar, but not the same, in the fields.  The ambitious farmer may try to remove the wrong plants from the crop once he recognizes them, but becasuse they are similar, he could uproot true wheat instead, or unearth them because they are so close together.  It is best to leave them alone and then separate them at harvest.  

Matthew 13:36–43 (NKJV)

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”

37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

The explanation of the parable is enlightening, to say the least.  The sower of the good seed is Jesus, and the sower of the bad seed or tares is the devil.  The harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are the angels.  The tares will be gathered and thrown into the eternal fire of punishment.  The righteous will shine forth as the sun.  What an awesome day that will be!  Even though the tares may cause problems, and even though they may take some wind out of the sails of the wheat, they cannot overtake or prevent the wheat from growing and producing a harvest.  True wheat will stand the test of the tares and will prosper.  So don’t let the evil of this world get you down or cause you to quit.  There is coming a day, a reckoning day, and right will prevail, no doubt!  Be right.

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