Weeds, Tares, Thorns and Such

May 18, 2023 | Admonishing Words

The Parable of the Weeds-
Jesus told them another parable:
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
Matthew 13:24-25
In the portion of Scripture listed above we read of the farmer who sowed good seed in his field.
Jesus uses this parable to teach us that the enemy is at work trying to destroy the good work of the man who sowed good seed.
The enemy was seeking to destroy all that was good.
The farmer chooses wisely to wait until the wheat matures before he separates the wheat and weeds.
The weeds or tares, also known as darnel seed, look almost exactly the same as the wheat.
So plucking out the weeds would also mean the wheat would likely get pulled up.
So the good and the bad live together in this world, but in the day of judgement Christ will separate the righteous from the wicked.
Sometimes we don’t recognize the wheat from the tares, but that is God’s job, not ours.
We don’t always like to discuss these subjects; they are not such happy themes.
When Scripture addresses them, though, we must as well.
This is the truth of the gospel.
We must ask ourselves if we will be part of the good harvest that shines brightly for Jesus.
Or at the harvest time will get thrown like a heap of tares into utter darkness?
Tough as a topic as it is, we must ask ourselves and reflect on our future destination with great urgency.
Are we planted as good seed or weeds?
Will we work for the Saviour of our souls, or for the enemy of our souls in this life?
Let us be careful, the wheat and the darnel seed can look much the same… until it harvested.
We must put up fences, borders, and guard our hearts and our souls from the destination the enemy would have for us.
And let us be thankful as believers for the truth in 1 John 4:4. “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (ESV)
For readers whose lives feel completely entangled with weeds, ask the one true God to rescue you from the snares of the enemy before it is harvest time?
God is greater than any power the enemy may seem to have if you just ask Him to rescue you before it is too late.
“I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in Him.”
Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)

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