Matthew 13:24-43 > Wheat and Tares

   Parables  of  Jesus

         P a r a b l e    of    the    w h e a t    and    the    t a r e s                  


Matthew 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: 

verse 25:     But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 

verse 26:     But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

verse 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? 

verse 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? 

verse 29:    But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

verse 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

Matthew 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.

Matthew 13: 37    He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 

Matthew 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]; 

Matthew 13: 39    The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 

Matthew 13: 40    As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 

Matthew 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; 

Matthew 13: 42    And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

Matthew 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. 


                       From  the  pen  of  inspiration

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}


                      Other  parables  by  Jesus

       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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