The Lord has given me a message about wheat and tares. I know writing this has helped me to examine my own heart, and I pray the Lord will anoint this attempt to express what I believe the Lord has shown.
The apostle Matthew tells us more about the Kingdom of Heaven than any other disciple. How many times have we read about the parable of the sower who went out to sow in his field and afterward the enemy came in and sowed tares? (Mt. 13:24-30). In this chapter the Lord tells the multitude two other parables about the Kingdom of Heaven (leaven, mustard seed). However, we will see that it is the parable of the Sower and the good seed that He wants His disciples to grasp.
In verse 36, “Jesus sends the multitude away and went into the house and his disciples came unto him saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” (Mt. 13:36-42)
A lot of information is given here to the disciples that was not told to the multitudes. A parable has a double meaning – natural and spiritual. For some reason, our Lord wanted His disciples to understand this parable very clearly. He wanted them to know that He was the Sower and He plants only good seed. He also wanted them to be very aware that there was a harvest coming where the Lord and His angels would sift it all out.
Another point is that it appears in this parable that after the seed was planted the Sower must have returned to His home, because it says back in verse 24, “while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat.” Well, we know the Lord never slumbers nor sleeps. It was the workers who were asleep. It is when we are asleep (spiritually) that the devil can come in by stealth and trespass on the field that belongs to the Lord and that He purchased with His own blood. This can happen in any church or to break it down further, our own bodies (temples) if we aren’t careful what unholy things we are allowing ourselves to be exposed to.
I did a study on wheat seed and tare seed. They are quite different. The wheat seed is heavier, larger, and is edible. Tare seed is smaller and will make one sick if eaten. However, as these 2 seeds grow up side by side there is a stage in their growth where it is not possible to tell them apart. They both look quite beautiful. The point where the farmer, with a discerning eye, can tell the difference between the wheat and the tare is at the time of harvest. Then, because of the heaviness of the wheat it begins to bow down in whatever direction the wind blows. Now the tares are a different breed altogether. They are lighter (vain) and stand up tall. The full grown tare is actually shorter than a full grown husk of wheat but it doesn’t act like it. Jesus told His disciples that the tares were the children of the wicked one. They are the devil’s offspring – full of pride. “He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.” (Job 41:34) These children will not bow to the true King of the universe, but we know that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father.
To continue with this study in Matthew we see that when the disciples clearly understood what Jesus was telling them about the end-time harvest they became concerned. The Lord knew their thoughts. He knew that his disciples wanted to go in and start pulling up the tares and weeds and get them out of the field so they wouldn’t hurt the wheat. Jesus told them “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.” Our Lord is so long-suffering, waiting patiently for the precious fruit of the earth to ripen. If we have received the Holy Ghost we should be manifesting this fruit towards others as well.
The message here is a simple one – the Lord has told us what our attitude must be. Some things we just need to leave well enough alone. It is always easier to see the faults of others than our own faults. Someone can bring offense by always trying to correct every error. God may be revealing to us something about someone to test us and see if we can pray about the situation instead of taking it into our own hands. Zeal without knowledge can be dangerous and bring offense. As we grow into His likeness we should be more inclined to be “slow to speak and quick to hear”. As we have been shown mercy, we should show mercy. As He has forgiven us a multitude of sins, so should we be willing to forgive all offenses, great and small. This, of course, is much easier said than done. Forgiveness doesn’t mean the other person is off the “hook of judgment” it just means they are taken out of our hands and put in the Father’s to deal with.
Now there will be times when the Lord will specifically lead an individual (most likely the Pastor) to deal with a situation as we see in the Corinthian church. A situation of fornication and adultery had arisen there that needed to be judged.
(Coming next week: Part 2:Conversion of a Tare)