Matt 13:24-30 The Wheat and the Tares

5901253146_252252136c24 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field;  25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.  26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.  27 And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’  28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’  29 But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.  30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” . . . 

. . . 36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”  37 He answered, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man;  38 the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one,  39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels.  40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age.  41 The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,  42 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.  43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. 

First of all the parable is not about evangelism, as many teach. The evangelist seem to be able to find evangelism everywhere.  There is a strain among them that thinks that everybody can and should be evangelizing.  However, evangelism is a gift.  It is not everybody’s gift, and therefore not everybody’s responsibility.

 And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, Eph. 4:11

It is the Son of man who is sowing the seeds.  He sews good seed into His kingdom, but the evil one also sews bad seeds in the same kingdom.  His servants, which are identified as angles, want to know what they should do about it.  He calmly tells them to do nothing lest they damage the good seeds of the wheat crop.  Not till the close of the kingdom age are these weeds to be dealt with.  Then they are to be TAKEN first and then they are destroyed.  The wheat that is LEFT BEHIND is gathered into the Son of man’s barn.

Again we see quite clearly that the Kingdom of Heaven is partly corrupt.  The enemy has sown weeds among us.  These are false teacher and false brothers, they have plagued the harem since the beginning. They got so powerful during the INQUISITION that 60-100 thousand people paid with their lives.  They hunted down anyone who would not believe in the Church of Rome.  For 400 years The INQUISITION destroyed the people of God, while claiming to be the only true church.  Finally, in May of 1514  The Fifth Lateran Council challenged anyone who refused to obey the pope to say so.  No one came forward,  they were all dead or hiding.  The pope and the council celebrated.  Banquets were held and further laws against heresy were established. Among these laws was the for-bidding of burial for all heretics.

On Oct. 31st, 1517 exactly Three an one half years later Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg castle.  And we were once more put on the path to finding truth.

Our enemy never rests. He never stops.  No sooner do we get one heresy out the front door than someone comes dragging another in the back door.  They always seem innocent and innocuous at first, but slowly they choke and kill the wheat.  The weeds are constantly starving the wheat.  Taking away the nutritious teachings of the word and substituting empty traditions and rituals.  There is nothing to be done.  They will be with us till the judgment.

The Kingdom is partly corrupt.  We are surrounded by the weeds.  Our only task is to make sure we stay wheat and not get turned into tares.  The weeds or tares are to be cast out and not brought into the barn. Out of his kingdom are all causes of sin and all evildoers.

 

FYI: The all causes of sin in verses 41 is the Greek word skandala, where we get our English word scandal.  It actually means to set a snare or trap.  It is also translated else where as temptation or stumbling block, which is not quite the same as trapping someone.  Why translators do this, no one knows.

FYI: The all evildoers actually means to break Torah, or be a Torah breaker.  It is the same word as the Lawless One in 2 Thess 2.

 

So all the snare setters or trappers and these that are Torah breakers are so be destroyed.  But for now they are in the Kingdom.  We suffer from their presents.

The Bible constantly presents us with two options.  The mysteries of the kingdom are set up against the mysteries of Babylon,  The keepers of the law, are set against the Law breakers.  The bride as opposed to the whore.

Oh, that the things of Babylon were as putrid to our eyes and stomachs as they are to our souls.  But alas they are not.  Because spiritual adultery like marital adultery is compelling and alluring.  The things of Babylon are tasty and shiny, pleasant and fun.  They seem at first to bring love and family, joy and happiness.  But the joy and happiness they bring are shallow and fleeting, not deep and abiding.  For they separate us from the true nature of our God, which brings a deep loneliness to our souls.  As the tower was intended they push God up and out of our lives.  So that is what all these pagan leftovers do as well.  They separate us from truth and knowledge with their distorted views of God.

We are not to lose hope, we are to trust that all will work out.

 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psa. 121:

When Peter announced the Jesus was the Messiah the Son of the Living God he was told that this declaration was to be the foundation.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matt. 16:18

We must find the true Messiah, not the false one.  The true Messiah was not born on Dec 25th, but rather in the Hebrew month of Tishri.  He did not raise from the dead on Easter, but rather the Biblical Holy Day of First Fruits.  He worshiped every Sabbath, not on the venerable day of the Sun.  He kept every Biblical Holy day.  Are we followers of Messiah or some other Jesus?

Only when we put aside all that is pagan, all that came from Babylon, will we begin to get some control over the weeds.  We must put the spiritual adulteress back in her jar and send her back to Babylon/Shinar.

5 Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, “Lift your eyes, and see what this is that goes forth.”  6 And I said, “What is it?” He said, “This is the ephah that goes forth.” And he said, “This is their iniquity in all the land.”  7 And behold, the leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the ephah!  8 And he said, “This is Wickedness.” And he thrust her back into the ephah, and thrust down the leaden weight upon its mouth.  9 Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, two women coming forward! The wind was in their wings; they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah between earth and heaven.  10 Then I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they taking the ephah?”  11 He said to me, “To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it; and when this is prepared, they will set the ephah down there on its base.” Zech. 5:-11

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