Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds: How to live for Christ in this world

It is said that there was a Roman Law that would punish anyone who would sabotoge a  person’s crop by doing this very thing. Like the other parables mentioned previously this was an intentional sabotage of what the person just planted. Every time someone in our lives starts thinking about Jesus, something or someone comes along and destroys what you are talked to them about.

We are called in the midst of this world to live among it but differently.

1)   Live Faithfully

“Bloom Where your Planted” Dr. Jay Strack

Tares: A weed that closely resembles wheat when it begins to grow

After the servants sowed it was not until later that they realized that there was bad seed mixed in. Just like the Path mentioned earlier there is a direct assault on the truth and you have to figure out who is lying to you. Either Christianity is all true or it is all false. Jesus did not leave room for error who He was and you can accept Him as God or not at all.

Do you want us to go and gather them up?

The Servants had a legitimate concern that weeds would overcome the wheat and destroy it but the Landowner knew better because by this point the roots would have been intermingled and thus destroy the crop if they were pulled up.

Evil is not going away in our society because sin has entered the world and even though it seems we will be overcome by it Christ calls us to live in the midst of it.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men[a] because all sinned—

Let both grow together till Harvest

One will grow in sin and the other in righteousness but eventually both will show who they really are. They may have started out looking the same but eventually they will produce fruit that shows if they are a wheat or a tare.

We live in a time when it is our responsibility to share about Christ and we have to stop wanting to be taken out of this world and focus on those around us. We rub shoulders everyday with people who do not know Christ and we have been called to tell them about Jesus Christ.

“In the meanwhile they exist side by side, breathing the same air, enjoying the same sunshine and rain, eating the same food, attending the same schools, working in the same factories and offices, living in the same neighborhoods, and sometimes attending the same churches.” (John MacArthur commentary on Matthew)

We are called to live our lives in the midst of the evil and weeds but as we grow in our Christian faith there should be a noticeable difference. Those around us should notice we are not like everyone else.

The Field is the World (38)

Philippians 2:12-15 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

In the midst of a crooked and twisted generation not separate from them.

Andy Stanley “Be an influence unless you are being influenced”

2)   Love Unconditionally

Christians have a tendency to look at the world with disgust instead of sympathy

Luke 23:33-35 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[a] And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”

Have you had more wrong done to you than Jesus?

It puts life in perspective when you compare your pain with the pain Jesus went through. Jesus compassion never ended for those who hated Him and neither should ours. We need to love others not because we are loved by them but because Christ loved us even when we did not love Him.

In order to love like Christ you have to know who the real enemy is

And the enemy who sows them is the devil (39)

The real enemy is not the person who hurt you 

2 Corinthians 4:4-5 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants[a] for Jesus’ sake.

We have to remember that people have been lied to and deceived and so instead of being angry with people we need to feel sorry for them.

The issue with some people is they think they are not that bad so therefore they do not need a savior. As the wheat and tares starts out they look the same but eventually they will be shown for who they really are. Many have interpreted these verses thinking Jesus was talking about the church and how there are people in church that do not know Christ. Although that is true, Jesus makes it clear that the field is the world and not the church

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

You need to see your friends, coworkers and neighbors as people who are being set up to be destroyed. They do not see the traps as a bad thing and blame you for even pointing them out.

We can be just like the Disciples who when hurt by people want to poor out judgment on them

Luke 9:51-56 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”[e] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[f] 56 And they went on to another village.

If you try and live for Christ you will be made fun of, ridiculed at some point. Do not let that detour you because a day is coming when you will not be able to help those who are around you. Just like the Days of Noah once he was on that boat all the crying he heard from those he knew yet it was too late.

3)   Share without reservation

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church[b] whom you are to judge? 13 God judges[c] those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

Our responsibilities are to be in the midst of the evil with the hopes that they turn to Christ. We are to live among people so that they can know the truth and not to sit and judge their lifestyle. At the end of time God will judge who is and who is not His child.

At Harvest time I will tell the Reapers

We cannot even tell who is and who is not a Christian and that is not our job. We cannot be like little children who point out everything a brother or sister may be doing while ignoring what they are supposed to be doing. Our job is to share about Christ not determine who is and who is not a Christian.

Yes we are to call out sin among those who call themselves Christians but it is not our job to try and make people better if they do not first know Christ.

Everyone who causes sin and does evil (41)

There is no neutral ground you are either wheat or a tare.

Sin has one goal in everyone’s life and that is to destroy you. If you do not surrender all of your life to Christ then sin will destroy you for eternity. Many people think they are good enough to get into Heaven by their own works but Christ died on the cross and claimed to be the only way into Heaven. (John 14:6)

Throw them in the fiery furnace

Farmers would use the tares to burn for cooking so the bad would be set aside and bundled up for the fire place.  One of the things that is taking place in our society today is this idea that there is no Hell. I understand if you do not believe the Bible or in Christianity but if you read the Bible it is clear that there is a Heaven and a Hell. Jesus spoke on Hell many times and He did not do it as just some scare tactic to get people to follow Him.

If there are many ways to Heaven then Jesus died for nothing.

Weeping and gnashing of teeth

Weeping: Sorrow beyond anything we experience in this life. Could be because of regret when people were given the opportunity to accept Christ payment for their sin.

Grinding or gnashing of teeth: Pain from the torment or anger from missed opportunity.

I wonder how many people who will be in Hell wish they would have not listened to certain people about religious matters?  I wonder how many churches were not honest enough with people and so the people are mad because the pastor downplayed sin and their  separation from Christ?

I would rather you be mad at me on earth than mad at me in Hell so I am going to make it clear that if you do not accept what Christ did on the cross for you as payment for your sin (anything that goes against the nature and character of God) then you will be separated eternally in a place called Hell.

“In this present age, believers are not God’s instruments of judgment and destruction but of truth and grace. Toward unbelievers we are not to have hearts of condemnation but of compassion.” (John MacArthur, Commentary on Matthew)

He who has ears let him hear: Are you willing to listen to the claims of Christ?

Jesus again makes the plea that if you want to know you can know. Not everyone will listen to you and many even reject you. Some will come up with excuses as to why they wont accept Christ and will even listen to those who tried to discredit Him.

If you really want to know the truth (Yes there is a truth to be known) then you can.

The righteous will shine like the son

The promise for Christians is that we will have an eternal home that has no sin and no struggles. A home we cannot earn on our own through our good works but because of Jesus Christ.

Shine like the sun is an image of sharing in the glory of Christ.

 

 

 

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