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Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Considering all of mans countless philosophies and religious offshoots, I find myself recognizing truth and deception mixed in with all of them, including my own.

Depending on the country, the family, the traditions and the influence of our peers, our opinions are formed and we begin to think we are Right and anyone different is wrong.

How naturally our differences divide us against them.   Those who disagree with our views are automatically compartmentalized as being Wrong when we begin arguing we are Right.

Truth and Deception

God is Sovereign over Truth and Deception.  He allows us to live in a world where both good and bad exist together.  Still many of us fall into the task of trying to uproot deception in our attempts to “fix” others, but what is the work of God’s servants.

The Work of God’s Servants Revealed Through His Parables

Jesus told a parable about The Wheat and the Tares, (a darnel weed resembling wheat).   A parable has a spiritual meaning that parallels the physical examples.  This one sheds a lot of light on how we are to treat all people exactly the same, making no distinctions or uprooting their deception.   It begins in Matthew 13:24, then explained in verse 36:

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The Kingdom of heaven is like a man, (The Son of Adam) who sowed good seed (Truth) in his field (the world).   An enemy (God’s adversary, satan) came while the men slept and sowed weeds in his field.  It was not apparent until the crop sprouted and the fruit of the darnel was revealed, (a small, un-edible, black seed, resembling wheat).  When the servants went to ask the landowner if he sowed only good seed the landowner told them his enemy did this.  The workers offered to yank up all the darnel but the landowner said, “No, you may uproot the wheat along with them.  You must allow them to grow together until the harvest. Then the harvesters (the angels) will gather the darnell in bundles so they can be burned in the fire (as chaff) and they will gather the wheat into my storehouse.”

What are some of the questions that come to your mind about this parable?

Why does Jesus refer to the Landowner and Himself as,”The Son of Adam?” This term is used synchronously with “The Son of God.” (see Matthew 26:63-65; Mark 14:61-64; Luke 22:69,70, quoting Psalm 110:1.

There were the servants of the Landowner and the harvesters, what was the job of His servants?

What if the servants had started ripping out the darnel before they asked the land owner?

What if all The Landowner’s servants obeyed His command not to pull out the weeds?

Our work is simply caring for the field, keeping it healthy, protected and well watered (water is an idiom for the Truth of God’s Word).

When it is time for the harvesters, (angels) to harvest, they will have no trouble separating the wheat from the chaff, (everything that is not Winnowing_grain_on_threshing_floor,_mat10179wheat).

The analogy of the “threshing floor” is used several times by the prophets to illustrate how easily the the chaff will blow away in the wind.  Isaiah 41:16   The wheat berries have weight and fall to the ground, they have substance, life giving nutrients and DNA to reproduce more good fruit.  While the chaff dries up and dies when it is harvested, like dust it is blown away by the wind.  What ever remains of the chaff is useless for anything so it is kindled in the fire.

Let Them Both Grow Together Until The Harvest

Sometimes we damage the Truth by pulling the weeds.  This parable clearly instructs us to obey the Landowner and not to make our own judgement calls.  When we think it is helpful to criticize, condemn and argue we’ve forgotten The Landowners instructions to Love and care for all people as we do for ourselves, Mark 12:31 ;  Remembering the Golden rule, Matthew 7:11-13; Also known as The Royal Law, Leviticus 19:18, James 2:8.

We are to build each other up, continually encouraging each other in hope, 1 Thessalonians 5:10-12 ; Romans 15:2.   Nurturing the weeds and the wheat the way His Spirit corrects us; gently and with merciful loving kindness.

Weed Pulling is not only Offensiveness, it’s Disobedience

Slander, character assassination, gossip, condescending tones, accusations, and arguments are direct disobedience to His instructions to Love:  Job 5:16-18 ;  Psalm 94:11-13 ; Revelation 3:18-20 ; Ephesians 4:1-3 ; 1 Timothy 4:11-13 ; 2 Timothy 4:1-3 ; Titus 2:14-15 Romans 15:4-6 ; 1 Corinthians 14:2-4 ; Colossians 2:1-3

As workers (servants) in the field (the world) our focus is only to shine Light and Water, (Torah).  We are not to pull weeds (deception) because of the possibility of damaging the Wheat (Truth). The Land Owner will have no trouble separating the weeds from the wheat at harvest time (the end of the age).

“I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the bad and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same?  Matthew 5:45

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