Harvest for the World: The Parable of the Wheat and Tares

It never ceases to amaze me how people who are professing Christians misrepresent the Name of the One whom they claim to serve by constantly spewing hate!  I think that this is a symptom of a problem that is addressed by the parable of the wheat and tares found in the gospel of Matthew in the 13th chapter.    For years as I heard, and even preached this parable I saw it as referring to Christians and non Christians, but this morning  as I was studying I saw something that I hadn’t really paid attention to before.  “…they will gather out of His kingdom…(v.41).  This to me indicates that this harvest in not only a gathering between Christians and non-christians.  This is a gathering from within  the Kingdom of God, The Church as well.  There are many people who call themselves Christians but are so caught up in their own self-righteousness that they forget that they weren’t always Christians.  They believe that whatever position that they hold in the social organization that their body of believers has become, gives them the right to condone or condemn others.  This is a terrible mistake.  If you are a Christian and you are truly following Jesus then you will remember that He said in Matthew 7:1-2 “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”  It’s not our responsibility as Christians to separate the wheat from the tares.  We are to live among them and be the wheat that we are supposed to be.  Once the wheat buds, it is discernible from the tares. But we do have a responsibility.  Our responsibility is to love.  Something else that Jesus said.  As a matter of fact, He commanded us to love.   “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (John 13:34-35)  We cannot, as Christians be Salt and Light in the world if we are spewing hate and darkness.  To those on the outside looking in (those that we are supposed to be making disciples of),  only see people who are not accepting nor loving.  They want to stay far away from us.  The old adage is true, “You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar”.  Finally, we, as Christians must be careful to stay in the word and not to depend on someone else to tell us what it says.  You can think that you are doing the right thing and still be wrong.  There are many people who are sincere, but that doesn’t make them all right.  Another quote from Jesus :  “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?  And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matt. 7:21-23)  Don’t let that be you.  I surely don’t want it to be me.

The Parable of The Wheat and Tares (Matt. 13:24-30 NKJV)

The explanation of the Parable of the Wheat and Tares (Matt. 13:39-43 NKJV)

[Tares closely resemble wheat, but are poisonous to human beings. They are indistinguishable from wheat until the final fruit appears. Farmers would weed out tares just before the wheat harvest. Until Christ returns, both genuine believers and counterfeits will be allowed to remain together.]

(Reference Material from Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible)

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~ by Diva2de on December 22, 2013.

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