11/4/18 – The Parables of Jesus – Part 3 – The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

The Parables of Jesus

Part 3 The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Sermon Setup

Series Dates and Topics

  1. The Purpose of Parables
  2. The Sower of Seed Explained
  3. The Wheat and the Tares
  4. The Mustard Seed and Leavened Bread
  5. The Treasure in the Field and the Pearl of Great Price
  6. The Unforgiving Servant
  7. The Lost Son
  8. The Great Feast

Opening Passage

Matthew 13:24-30 (NKJV)

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who 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 grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father

I pray that today’s message

transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation

and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit

renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.

Amen

Introduction

Mark 4:13 (NKJV)

And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable?

…How then will you understand all the parables?

Q: So, if you can understand this parable, won’t you then be able to understand all the parables? A: Absolutely!

So, last week I promised to give you a couple of tools to help you understand or keys to unlock the hidden meaning of all the parables…

While we’re here Paul goes on to teach…

Galatians 6:8 (NASB)

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Genesis 8:22 (NASB)

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

Remember, the bible is not an instructional manual on great farming, it is a spiritual book, authored by a spiritual being for spiritual beings.

Q: If seedtime and harvest (and everything that has to do with both) will always be at work until Christ returns, shouldn’t we learn all we can about it?

Q: Should it come as a surprise that the first two parables and the only ones that we have explanations for, are about seedtime and harvest or sowing and reaping?

The Parable of the Tares Explained

Matthew 13:36-43 (NKJV)

Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” 37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.

  • Christ sows the seed.
  • The field is the world.
  • The seeds are the sons of the Kingdom.
  • The tares are the sons of the wicked one.
  • The enemy who sowed them is the devil.
  • The harvest is the end of the age.
  • The reapers are the angels.

40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

The Parable of the Tares (reread)

Matthew 13:24-30 (NKJV)

…“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who 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 grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

The Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Tares are two parables we can’t debate the meaning of, Christ explained them Himself so that settles the matter.

However, I also believe that the lens through which you read these, and all the parables will greatly influence your own understanding or interpretation the rest of the parables.

Years ago, I chose three things I focus on in these two parables (and the entire bible) and it has served me well. That’s what I’m going to teach you today. That’s the lens that I view the word of God through. 

It’s all right there is the first three verse of this parable…

Matthew 13:24-26 (NKJV)

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who 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 grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.

  1. The Kingdom

Kingdom basileia is the domain and authority of a king.

Q: What do you think God’s domain and authority cover?

Components of the Kingdom in this Parable

  • Christ (King) sows the seed.
  • The field is the world.
  • The seeds are the sons of the Kingdom.
  • The tares are the sons of the wicked one.
  • The enemy who sowed them is the devil.
  • The harvest is the end of the age.
  • The reapers are the angels.
  • Servants

God wants us to understand as much about His kingdom as possible!

Matthew 3:1-3 (NASB) The Preaching of John the Baptist

Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3 For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight!’”

Mark 1:14-15 (NASB) Jesus Preaches in Galilee

Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

In this series, we are looking at nine of the many parables contained in the Gospels.

Q: You may be wondering, “How many of the parables of Jesus are about the Kingdom of heaven or God?”

A: Every single one of them! Everything Jesus taught, every story, every parable and every action was a out the Kingdom of God. That’s why He came! 

He even taught us to pray with a kingdom focus…

Matthew 6:9-13 (NASB) The Lord’s Prayer

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread. 12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

  • Paul teaches on the kingdom extensively in his epistles.
  • James speaks of the promise of the kingdom.
  • Peter instructs us on how we enter the kingdom.
  • Finally, the book of Revelation, references the Kingdom multiple times!

Matthew 6:33 (NASB)

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Simply put, we are to spend the rest of our lives here on earth seeking the kingdom of God so let’s start by viewing the parables with a kingdom lens!

  1. The Christ (King)

Matthew 16:13-17 (NASB)

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

You need to get a revelation of Christ!

The natural mind cannot conceive such a thing. “flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven”.

  1. The Crop

Good seed, in good soil will yield a good crop!

Today, to many Christians believe that God has no expectations of them and this is totally unscriptural.

Parable after parable and epistle after epistle teach us differently!

Matthew 25:26-29 (NASB) Parable of the Talents

“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28 Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’

29 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.

The Master expected interest, a return, a yield on what He entrusted to the servant.

The notion that Christians shouldn’t be active and achieving for the kingdom is ridiculous!

In every other area of life, we set expectations and actively pursue achievement!

We want to win in life. But as Christians we’ve come to believe that merely making it to heaven is achievement enough!

The Apostle Paul didn’t think so…

Philippians 3:12-15 (NASB) I press on toward the goal

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you…

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NASB) Run in such a way that you may win

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NASB) I have fought the good fight

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

I lay hold, I press, I run, I box, I compete, I discipline!

I fought, I finished and I kept the faith so there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness.

There is a crown specifically for those who did it right! Who fought a good fight! Who ran a good race! Who did it the way Christ did it!

They will receive their rewards at the end of this age, when Christ returns.

There is another fate for those who never chose Christ!

Conclusion

Matthew 24:14 (NASB) Then the end will come

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The End WILL Come!

Invitation for Salvation

Raise Hands if You Prayed that Prayer

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