Monday Morning Coffee Break – Life With Jesus
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 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?” 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?” But he said, “No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 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.’” (Matthew 13:24-30)
Lessons From The Tares
The use of parables in the teaching of Jesus illustrates His mastery of illustration with application. Taking simple things of life the Lord impressed upon the heart a sermon that could be easily understood and useful if there was a desire to learn. The text does not always reveal the meaning of a parable. On occasion the disciples would ask Jesus the meaning and He would give a full explanation. Like the parable of the sower the parable of the tares is explained in Matthew 13:37-43.
It would seem plausible the story of the tares had a real life story attached to it. Whether it was something known by Jesus or just an application of the nature of man His listeners would readily identify with the actions of an enemy who would stoop so low in seeking to destroy his neighbor’s crop. There could be nothing as dastardly as trying to destroy a fellow man’s source of livelihood. The enemy was a vicious character with evil intent without regard to good things. His plan was to cause great harm. He worked in stealth awaiting the fruition of his work to reveal itself in time. It could well be his intent to ruin the good crop as the tares were removed. However the wisdom of the sower was to wait for the harvest so as not to lose the good portions.
The meaning of the parable is important for man today. As the people of God we are the good seeds of the kingdom of God living in the midst of a crooked and perverse world. Satan has his enemies going throughout the world to bring destruction on God’s people. Sadly many have succumbed to the wiles of the devil and left their first love. The travesty of the day of judgment will be the witness of those who once tasted the word of God lost because of allowing the tares of the devil to infect their lives. One of the great messages of the parable of the tares is the clear separation of righteousness with unrighteousness. It may not be clear now but it will be in the harvest.
Paul will later remind us that God is not to be mocked because whatever we sow is exactly what we shall reap. Life cannot be a frivolous exercise of wanting disregard for judgment. The judgment of God clearly separates good from evil. On the day of the final harvest the tares will be burned but the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR!
While it is true that it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God in judgment, it is a much more terrible thing to fall out of His hand. (Albert T. Mollegen, Christianity and Modern Man, 1961)