Wheat and Tares
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This has been an interesting week. Our streets continue to be filled with violence, OJ Simpson won parole after serving 8 years of a 33 year sentence for a victimless crime, and “number 45” continues with his antics on Capitol Hill.
Today’s lectionary text has drawn our attention to Jesus’s parable of the “Wheat and Tares.” The teaching of this parable is about “the kingdom of heaven” in the world. In the explanation of parable, Christ declares that He Himself is the sower. Christ, therefore, sows His redeemed seed (true believers), in the field of the world. It is through His grace, that we bear the fruit of the Spirit. Our presence on earth is the reason the “kingdom of heaven” is like the field of the world. When Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” He meant the spiritual realm exists on earth, side by side with the physical realm of the evil one.
The enemy in the parable is (the evil one) Satan. In opposition to Jesus Christ, the devil tries to destroy Christ’s work by placing false believers and teachers in the world who lead many astray. However, we are not to pursue such people in an effort to destroy them. For one thing, we don’t know if immature and innocent believers might be injured by our efforts.
God alone has the responsibility for separating true believers from false believers. Christ allows the false believers and the true believers to remain until His return. At that time, angels will separate the true believers from the false believers. At the end of the tribulation, all unbelievers will be judged for their sin and unbelief; then, they will be removed from God’s presence. Then only the true followers of Christ will reign with Him. What a glorious hope for the “Good Seeds!”