Posted by: wwyeshua | December 31, 2014

PARABLE OF THE WHEAT AND THE TARES – Matthew 13

Wheat and tares (E)

Today we are going to learn another parable that Jesus taught a huge number of people. It is the parable about “The Wheat and the Tares.” 

Do you remember, a parable is a simple story that tells a lesson about the kingdom of God? Jesus told parables to reveal the truth to those who wanted to know it and to hide the truth from those who did not care.

Here again, we find Jesus teaching from a boat by the Sea of Galilee because there was a huge number of people that wanted to listening to Him.

 1- w & t

Here is the parable Jesus taught them:

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,” He said. (v. 24)

2W & T

A man planted good seed in his field. Now while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came.

3 W & T

The enemy planted weeds among the wheat and then went away. (v. 25)

The wheat began to grow and form grain. At the same time, weeds appeared. (v.26)

So the owner’s servants came to him and asked him ‘Sir, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ (v. 27) And he replied ‘an enemy did this.’

4 W & T

Then the servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ (v. 28)

‘No,’ their owner answered. ‘While you are pulling up the weeds, you might pull up the wheat with them. (v. 29) Let them both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the workers what to do. Here is what I will say to them.

5a burning

First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned.

6 Storehouse

Then gather the wheat and bring it into my storeroom.’  (v. 30)

After this parable, Jesus told them another story and when He finished, they all went home and Jesus also went to a house.

7 W & T

When He got there “His disciples came to him. They said, “Explain to us the story of the weeds in the field.” (v. 36)

Interesting, no one from the multitude asked Jesus to explain the parable. Why do you think no one did? Maybe they were embarrassed and did not want anyone to think they did not understand what Jesus was saying.  

It is sad to think of how many people may have gone home that day without understanding the parable because either they were embarrassed to ask or they had too much pride to admit that they did not understand.

 8 W & T

The disciples however were not embarrassed to ask Jesus what the parable was all about. They knew that He would give them the answer. 

God’s Word, the Bible, has all the answers to life’s important questions. Did you know that? Jesus wants us to come to Him with all our questions and He will help us understand anything we ask.  

Then, He started telling them what the story meant: 

The one who planted the good seed is the Son of Man – v. 37.

 9 W & T

Did you know that Jesus is the Son of Man? Yes He is and He is the one who plants the good seed. When someone asks Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, they are asking Him to plant the good seed in their heart.  

Then He continued: The field is the world. The good seed stands for the people who belong to the kingdom – Verse 38a.

 10 Christians in the world

God has planted Christians all over the world. The world is like a big field that God has planted with good seed. These are true Christians that belong to Jesus and one day will be with Him in heaven and will spend eternity with Him. 

The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who plants them is the devil – (vs. 38b-39a).

 11 fighting

The tares are people who do not know God and want nothing to do with Jesus. They are always fighting and are liars like the devil.  

The tares follow the things the world. They read books about witchcraft, spells and magic like Harry Potter and play games like the Ouija board and other violent games that a true Christian would not play

 12 Bible

because they love God and the Bible tells us not to do those things.

Just like the tares, many people come to church, and they look like Christians. They participate in Christian activities. They even say that they are Christians, but they are not. Why? It is because they have never asked Jesus to be their Savior and Lord of their lives, and their behavior does not reflect the love of God.

 13 church going

They do not obey what the Bible says and continue to do the bad things everyone else does.  

The harvest is judgment day. And the workers are angels – (v.39b). 

So the servants were instructed to leave the weeds in the field so they would not damage the good wheat. The reason is that God has a plan for a day in the future, when He is going to judge the people that did not want to follow and obey Him.

 14 Judgement

The weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire. That is how it will be on judgment day – verse 40  

The Son of Man (Jesus) will send out His angels. They will weed out of his kingdom and everything that causes sin – Verse 41 

One day God will make sure that we are separated from the weeds. When He returns, He will make everything right. Now we live in a world with a lot of evil people. One day, God will send the angels to pull up all the weeds and throw them into the fire. 15 eternal fire

Bad people like weeds cannot get into heaven. 

And Jesus continued: Then God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. (v. 43a) 

So we who love Jesus and obey Him will shine like the sun.

 16 shining sun

Then Jesus finishes telling the story to His disciples by telling them. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (v. 43b) 

What do you think He was telling them? Well we should listen to what the Bible says. We should also obey our mom and dad, our Sunday school teacher and all those who love Jesus. 

One day all true Christians will go to heaven to live with God. Our prayer is that YOU will be a part of that great multitude in heaven.

 17 listening

Remember – “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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