Things Are True
by Dan Coburn
Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
In Matt. 13, there is a story of a land owner: “who sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares. He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.” – Matt. 13:24b-28a. Let’s turn the spiritual switch.
The Wheat (Christians) is the “good seed” which the land owner, Jesus, has planted. Two things about the wheat. They didn’t plant themselves, nor can they take credit for being wheat.
The tares are some kind of weed, that was sown by the enemy (Satan). Where were they sown? With the wheat. Scattered among. Infiltrated. A couple things about tares. They, at no point in time decided to be tares, they were tares already. Nor did they decide to be tools of the enemy. They are just what they are. They Greatly resemble wheat. Some or most of them actually think they are wheat. Only a very skilled eye (the land owners farmers) were able to discern between the two. They said to the land owner: “Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Extra Credit: This passage is probably the greatest answer to the question you have probably asked a hundred times, as voiced in 2nd Peter 3:4 - “Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” Why does God tolerate (suffer) evil people (tares). Well, He will sort it all out at the “Great Harvest”. We need to decide if we are truly good seed (wheat) or if we are tares. Quit Kicking Tires. Shut up and Drive.