"Jesus Explains the Tares"

May 11, 2013

“Jesus Explains the Tares”

Blessings Folk!

Today’s reading:

Matthew 13:36-43


Have you thought you understood something...until you thought some more?

The disciples did not understand the parables at times.

In this passage, Jesus explains a parable.

He left the crowd and went into a house.
His disciples came and asked for an explanation of the “tares parable”.

Jesus defines the terms used in the parable.

Sower of good seed=Son of Man
Field=the world
Good seed=sons of the Kingdom
Tares=sons of the evil one
Sower of bad seed=the enemy/the devil
Harvest=end of the age

Just as the tares are gathered and burned=Son of Man will send angels who will gather stumbling blocks, lawlessness...burned. They will weep, gnash teeth.

The righteous will then shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.

Now, reread the parable...Hear!

Matthew 13
24 He presented them with another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.
26 When the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.
27 So the slaves of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’
28 He said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’
29 But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Do you understand?
Are you weed?
Are you grain?