Matthew 13:24-30 & 36-43
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: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 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? 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? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 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.
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. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 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; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 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; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
1. In “The Parable of the Sower”, we learned that not all people react
to the Word of the kingdom in the same way
a. Some with hard hearts and dull ears would not even allow the Word
time to germinate in their hearts
b. Others would receive the Word, but either persecution or things
in this life would render them fruitless
c. Only those with good and noble hearts, who receive the Word with
patience and keep it, will bear the intended fruit in their lives
— Thus the “mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” will be received
only by some, and not all
2. This truth was illustrated further when Jesus taught “The Parable Of
The Wheat And Tares”…
a. Recorded only by Matthew, the parable itself is found in Mt 13:
b. Jesus’ purpose is clearly to teach principles related to “the
kingdom of heaven”
1) For he begins with “The kingdom of heaven is like…”
2) Therefore Jesus intends to reveal principles related to the
“rule of God” as it would soon be manifested in the Person of
3. Like “The Parable of the Sower”, this parable is one of the few in
which we have Jesus’ own explanation…
a. The explanation was given in response to the disciples’ inquiry
– Mt 13:36
b. And the explanation is found in Mt 13:37-43
In this study, I shall focus on Jesus’ explanation of the parable,
and then draw some truths from it…
Listen to the rest of this study and other studies at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Jesusandwe.
I will also be speaking on a “Testimony” from my book.
Visit my Website and pick up a copy of my book, HE LIVES, A Living Testimony for a friend or family member that maybe going through. Give the Gift that keeps on giving…
To join me on the show, from your computer type: www.blogtalkradio.com/jesusandwe If you would like to call in, dial 1-718-664-6534 – Press #1 to speak with me.
All questions pertaining to the Study of the Month can be emailed to me at, Jesusandwe@bellsouth.net or mail me at P.O. Box 3870 Decatur Ga. 30031