Parable 2: The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
Matt. 13:24-30; 34-43
- The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (The Age of Apostasy – AD 270)
To a multitude gathered before Him, Jesus spoke the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43), in which He exposes the work of the mystery of sin against the church and the extent to which the evil one is allowed to go in his opposition to it. This parable reveals a slightly different aspect of the same truth taught in the preceding Parable of the Sower. In the Tares, the mixed character of the church culminates in the ultimate separation of the religious hobbyists—and worse—from the saints.
In this parable, there are two sowers, two kinds of seed, and two harvests: one good, the other bad. The Parable of the Sower depicts four kinds of soils, but in the Parable of the Tares, the field, which Jesus says represents the world (verses 24, 38), contains all the soils interspersed over its entirety.
What do the two sowers represent? Matthew 13:24-25.
Jesus illustrates two sowers of different character. In the Parable of the Sower, the sower stands for all teachers of God’s truth, including Jesus. Here, “the sower” is exclusively Jesus. He is the “owner” (verse 27), and “the son of Man” (verse 37). The other sower is called “his enemy,” “an enemy,” “the wicked one,” and “the devil” (verses 25, 28, 38-39). To describe this enemy, Jesus uses the word diabolos: the accuser, deceiver, liar, and betrayer, one who is against all that is true and righteous.
The enemy sowed in a field that was not his while the servants slept. This does not necessarily mean that the servants were not watchful and were thus to blame for the mixed field. The wording implies that it was the normal time for sleep, night. Satan’s sly nature is revealed in his choice of the darkness for doing his diabolical work. Also, note that he does not bother to sow the wicked among the wicked, but the wicked among the righteous.
- The Kingdom of Heaven= The Church
- The Sower = Jesus
- The Field= the world
- The Good Seed = The Children of the Kingdom (the church)
1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered, God gave the increase, Jesus the Sower planted his children, his church in this world
- The Wheat = The Children of the Kingdom
Wheat is grown in fields, each sheaf next to another with no paths, creating a carpet effect when looked at from a distance. Pulling up the tares in this situation would endanger the wheat stocks as well. You just don’t weed wheat.
Jesus said we are in the world, but not of the world, He prayed that God would keep us from the evil. John 17:11-23
They look alike – This parable shows the Wheat (The True Christians) and The Tares (The False Christian). They look like Wheat, the children of God, but they are actually the children of the devil. 1 John 3:1-10. Also see John 8th chapter.
- The Tares= The Children of the Wicked One (The Devil)
The tares are a weed plant, but Jesus didn’t say to pull up the tares. He said to let the wheat and the tares grow up together and the angels would deal with the tares at the end of the age.
Also this is not taking place in the church. The Church is Christ body, and God alone only adds to Christ body. The field is world. The Saints and religious sinners dwell together in this world. And it takes the true preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ to separate them, and show us the difference. This condition would exist until the end of the world. (Our time)
Are the tares easily distinguishable from the wheat? Matthew 13:24-29.
Satan’s malicious intention in sowing tares among the wheat is to cause problems and confusion (James 3:16). The bad seeds grow to become poisonous weeds that allow only the healthiest of the wheat to survive. Tares, like weeds, have never been a marketable product. “Tares” are actually darnel, a seed hardly identifiable from the wheat seed, and immature wheat and darnel look alike. To try to destroy the darnel would mean destroying much of the wheat, and separating one from the other would be beyond the servants’ abilities. Only when the wheat has matured can the tares be detected. Then the tares are gathered together in bundles in the field and destroyed by fire.
Many who are not in the process of conversion resemble those who are. Just like true Christians, they go to church, pray, and read the Bible, but they are only religious hobbyists. Jesus calls them “sons of the wicked one” (Matthew 13:38), and being tares, they will be destroyed. The tares are not originally from the wicked one, but they develop character according to his strong influence. They are led by him and so are his children (John 8:44).
The servants’ perplexity about the sowing of the tares shows that the presence of sin is often a mystery to people (II Thessalonians 2:7-10). God cannot be blamed for them because He does not sow evil—Satan does (James 1:13).
TARES KJV term for grassy weeds resembling wheat. “Tares is a weed grass that looks very much like wheat until it is mature, when the seeds reveal a great difference.
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary describes “tares” as follows:
Matt. 13:25-30. It is a species of rye-grass, the seeds of which are a strong soporific poison. It bears the closest resemblance to wheat till the ear appears, and only then the difference is discovered.
- Recapping the symptoms in the various definitions above concerning tares and/or its fungus, they are:
- Hypnotic episodes
- Inability to walk
- Hindered speech
- How can one tell the true Christians from the false Christians?
Spiritually, the tare or false Christian has become deadly and poisonous, but the tare has the destiny of being cast into the fire. Wheat is to be gathered into the barn. It may not appear that spiritual tares is that dangerous, but when one looks at the end result, it is deadly:
The bible in Matthew 13:30 says, let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (We are presently in the harvest time now).
There are those who have convulsed, been made spiritually drunk, trembled uncontrollably, stammered in their speech, were stupefied, turned giddy, etc., who have tried to tell us that they were wheat.
There are also those who have not fallen into such things, but have brought confusion into the Church with tares such as the non-trinitarian doctrine, a watered-down gospel, and agendas that lead the Church off into gross errors that God never sanctioned.
Are these things wheat or tares? Some are obviously tares, while with others, it takes time to make the distinction. This I know for sure: the One who planted the good seed which bears fruit will come back to harvest His wheat, and not one grain of tares will be found in the barn.
Tares are hypocrites, perpetrators, wannabes Christians. They are not genuine. The want to look like Christians and be called Christians. They do not want to live right.
They are full of poison and deceit. If they are allowed to exist together, they will poison the rest. They will kill off good saints.
- The Enemy=The Devil
- While men slept=spiritually asleep
- When preachers are spiritually asleep, they let anything creep in, here are examples;
- They don’t see sin as sin anymore
- The World is no longer worldly
- Immodest Apparel on men and women
- Androgynous (A blending of the sexes)
- Short hair on women and long hair on men
- Makeup and Jewelry is ok now
- Pants are ok
- Fornication, adultery, and homosexuality is now accepted
- Same Sex marriage is ok
- Transgender and Gender Reassignment
- Common Law Marriage
- Abortion is ok
- Playing the lottery is ok (gambling)
- The Seed =
- The Seed is Jesus Christ – John 12:24
- The Blade = The first sign of foliage
- The Ear = (Wheat) The central stem of the cereal plant
- The Fruit = the tightly rolls of grain on the head of the stem
- The Servants of the Household (spiritual workers)
- The Angels= The Preachers of the Gospel (Rev. 14:6)
This is the time to distinguish between tares (false Christian) and wheat (the true Christian). The fruit of the tares is smaller grains than the fruit or grains produced by true wheat. They say the difference is very distinguishable and obvious, and the difference in the sizes of the seeds makes separating them an easy task.
- The Harvest=The End of the World (The Gathering) – this is not judgment day
- Gathering or coming to the truth
- Coming out error and confusion
- Coming out of Babylon
- Gather together the tares= There are two camps
- Bind them in bundles to burn them= (The Tares- the wicked)
- The Word and the Spirit binds you when you don’t won’t to obey the word of God
- Gather the wheat= (The Gathering of God’s children)
- This Gospel will either draw you or bind you
- The Barn= (The church – the Local visible body)
- The Reapers= The Angels (The Ministers of God)
- The Furnace of Fire= Hell Fire
What is expected of the good seed?
“The good seed,” “the wheat,” and “the sons of the kingdom” refer to baptized members of God’s church in whom the Holy Spirit dwells—the saints, the elect, the righteous (Matthew 13:43). In the previous parable, the seed represents “the word of the kingdom” (verse 19), but here, the good seed is the product of that word received, understood, and obeyed. The Son of Man, as the Sower or Owner, sows only good seed, those who are righteous due to walking worthy of God—living His way of life, and becoming the “children of the kingdom” (I John 2:6; II John 6; I Thessalonians 2:10-15).
It is God’s will that Jesus Christ the Redeemer sow His redeemed ones in this world of sin and misery for the purpose of winning the lost to Christ. Therefore, He has placed Christians where He wants them. Jesus tells Peter in Luke 22:31that he was wheat, and as such, he was to be sifted by Satan. All of God’s saints should heed this warning to watch and pray that the field of our heart not be sown with tares by the enemy. God has bought us with a price and given us His Spirit, making us new creations in Him and heirs of His Family and eternal life. He expects us to bear fruit in our corner of the field of this world in which He has sowed us.