Looking at the Wheat and the Tares~~~

 

Matthew 13:24-30

“Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25) But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went away. 26) But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain then the tares became evident also. 27) The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field?  How then does it have tares? 28) And he said to them, An enemy has done this!  The slaves said to him, Do you want us then to go and gather them up? 29) But he said, No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30) Allow both to grow together until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, first gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Then we go further down in the Word in vs.36.  After giving another parable to the crowds, he went into the house and the disciples (vs. 36) “came to him and said explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”  And then Jesus explained in vss. 34-43 as you see at the beginning of this post, above.

The tares in the KJV  or weeds in the NIV are darnel, a poisonous weed. The Roman law forbid sowing poisonous plants in another’s field.

I like what Martin Luther gave us on this.

“The Savior himself explained this parable, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the children of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy that sowed them is the devil; and the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. (Matt. 13:27-29)

“These seven points of explanation comprehend and clearly set forth what Christ meant by this parable. But who could have discovered such an interpretation seeing that in this parable he calls people the seed and the world the field; although in the parable preceding this one he defines the seed to be the Word of God and the field the people or the hearts of the people.  If Christ himself had not here interpreted this parable every one would have imitated his explanation of the preceding parable and considered the seed to be the Word of God and thus the Savior’ object and understanding of it would have been lost.”

I am going to give you a break at this point.  I feel so strongly about what Martin Luther wrote so long ago. He was born 11/10/1483 and died 2/18/1546.  He was a German Professor of Theology, composer, priest, monk and so much more…….

He taught that salvation and eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as a free gift of God’s grace through the believer’s faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin.  

As a result of Luther’s teachings he was excommunicated by the Pope. Sooooooooooooo. What is below my thoughts here, is a portion of his writings on the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.  Believe me.  I see some things in a new light.  We can not and should not be Judge and Jury.  God is and will be in His timing.  Let Him handle our concerns.  Everything will be done in order as He sees fit.

Take a break here if you like and come back later and take in what I have written. It is marvelous and enlightening.  I won’t write again until Monday.  Enjoy.  Be Blest.

Martin Luther continues….

“This Gospel teaches us how the kingdom of God or Christianity fares in the world, especially on account of its teaching, namely, that we are not to this that only true Christians and the pure doctrine of God are to dwell upon the earth; but that there must be also false Christians and heretics in order that the true Christians may be approved as Paul says in 1 Cor. 11:19,  This parable treats not of false christians, who are so only outwardly in their lives, but of those who are unchristian in their doctrine and faith under the name Christian, who beautifully play the hypocrite and work harm.  It is a matter of the conscience and not of the hand.  And they must be very spiritual servants to be able to identify the tares among the wheat.  And the sum of all is that we should not marvel nor be terrified if there spring up among us many different false teachings and false faiths.  Satan is constantly among the children of God (Job 1:6).

“Again this Gospel teaches how we should conduct ourselves toward these heretics and false teachers.  We are not to uproot nor destroy them.  Here he says publicly let both grow together.  We have to do here with God’s Word alone; for in this matter he who errs today may find the truth tomorrow.  Who knows when the Word of God may touch his heart?  But if he be burned at the stake or otherwise destroyed it is thereby assured that he can never find the truth; and thus the word of God is snatched from him and he must be lost, who otherwise might have been saved.”

“This parable teaches that our free will amounts to nothing since the good seed is sowed only by Christ, and Satan can sow nothing but evil Seed; as we see that the field of itself yields nothing but tares, which the cattle eat, although the field receives them and they make the field green as if they were wheat.  In the same way the false Christians among the true Christians are of no use but to feed the world and be food for Satan, and they are so beautifully green and hypocritical, as if they alone were the saints, and hold the place in Christendom as if they were lords there and the government and highest places belonged to them; and for no other reason than that they glory that they are Christians and are among Christians in the church of Christ, although they see and confess that they live unchristian lives.

“It is apparent that they are tares and evil seed, have strayed from the faith and fallen to trust in works. Although the tares under the wheat, yet they make it the more beautiful to behold, compared with the tare, as Paul says in 1 Cor. 11:19, ‘For there must be false factions among you, that they that are approved may be made manifest among you.”

Then Martin Luther signs off with this sentence: “This is sufficient on today’s text”.  Amen to that.

In His grasp forever!

Marge H.

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