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Matthew 13: 24 - 43 > Wheat and Tares
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Parable  of  the  Wheat  and  the  Tares
13: 24   Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 
13: 25   But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 
13: 26   But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 
13: 27   So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 
13:28   He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 
13: 29   AnBut he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
13:30   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. 
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Jesus explains this parable to his disciples, privately
13: 36   Then Jesus sent 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. 
13: 37   He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 
13: 38   The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; 
13: 39   The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 
13: 40   As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 
13:41   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; 
13: 42   And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 
13:43   Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 
In the parable of the wheat and the tares, we see the reason why the tares were not to be plucked up; it was lest the wheat be rooted up with the tares. Human opinion and judgment would make grave mistakes. But rather than have a mistake made, and one single blade of wheat rooted up, the Master says, "Let both grow together until the harvest;" then the angels will gather out the tares, which will be appointed to destruction. Although in our churches, that claim to believe advanced truth, there are those who are faulty and erring, as tares among the wheat, God is long-suffering and patient. He reproves and warns the erring, but He does not destroy those who are long in learning the lesson He would teach them; He does not uproot the tares from the wheat. Tares and wheat are to grow together till the harvest; when the wheat comes to its full growth and development, and because of its character when ripened, it will be fully distinguished from the tares.  {TM 45.2}
Matt. 13: 1    to  13      See  Parable of the Sower
Matt. 13: 31  to  32      See  Parable of the Mustard Seed
Matt. 13: 33  to  34      See  Parable of the Leaven
Matt. 13: 44                 See  Parable of the Hiddle Treasure
Matt. 13: 45  to 45       See 
 Parable of the Pearl
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