The Parables of Jesus # 15
Tares and wheat – Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Net – Matthew 13:47-50

Matthew 13:24-30
  24. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed
        good seed in his field:
  25. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
  26. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
  27. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field?
        from whence then hath it tares?
  28. He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and
        gather them up?
  29. But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
  30. 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.

Verse 24 - Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which
  sowed good seed in his field:

  [A] Another parable he put forth to them
          [1] Another story about things they could understand
          [2] Another story about heaven using the common everyday things of the world
  
  [B] The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
          [1] With this parable, we are fortunate to have Jesus give us the meaning – look at verse 37
                  
Verse 37 - He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;        
                  [a] From this we can know that Jesus is talking about himself
                  [b] It is he who sowed the good seed in his field
          [2]
Verse 38 - The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the
                  children of the wicked one;
                  [a] We must also remember and realize that Jesus did not work alone in planting his fields, he had other
                          who worked for him, planting the seeds and cultivating the crops
                  [b] The field in which the good seed was planted is the world – not in the sense that we often think of
                          the world as being, for instance, controlled by Satan, but instead, all the people who are scattered
                          around the world.
                  [c] The seed are the children of the kingdom
                          [1-a] Those who had the seed of the gospel take root in them and whom produce More seeds to
                                  be transplanted in others

Verse 25 - But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

  [A] Jesus said in verse thirty-seven that the tares are the children of the wicked one
  
  [B] I want you to take particular notice of who slept
          [1] It wasn’t while the son man slept – for He neither sleeps of slumbers
          [2] It was while the men slept – the workers in the fields
                  [a] This is the problem with the church, and the reason that Satan is able to cause so much corruption
                          in the world. Many of those with the seed of the Gospel in them are asleep and not paying
                          attention to what is happening around them.
                  [b] Many within the church have no idea of what is going on in the world, or how it is affecting them
                  [c] We turn our children over to the schools systems and expect them to receive an education, and they
                          do, but what they learn is not what the bible teaches, instead it is what the world wants them to
                          learn – unfortunately, the parents have little of no say about what they are being taught – While    
                          we sleep, the government had taken control of what our children are taught
                  [d] While the church slept, the bible was taken out of the schools
                  [e] While the church slept Abortions have become a form of birth control
                  [f] While the church sleeps, gay rights activist have moved into the church and into the government
                  [g] While the church sleeps, Satan continues to sow his evil seed corrupting more and more people

  [C] The enemy is Satan and his followers – who are sowing the seeds of destruction around the world

Verse 26 - But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

  [A] When the seeds that were sown sprung up, there were the tares among them
          [1] The workers had no idea that the tares were sown among the good seed
          [2] They were surprised –
                  [a] This is the way the church is,
                  [b] When we loose our freedoms or see the evils of the world growing stronger, we are surprised and
                          ask how it could have happened.   
                  [c] How could evil enter a place of goodness and corrupt it?
                  [d] How could a pastor fall from grace?
                  [e] What would cause a church to accept the things of the world over the things of God?

  [B] The answer to these questions is, the church was asleep
          [1] Many churches are asleep
          [2] Many Christians are asleep
          [3] Very few are willing to stand up and call foul
          [4] Far too few are willing to stand up and tell the truth
          [5] It is far easier being complacent than being a spokesman for God          
          [6] Most of us are followers instead of leader.
          [7] Even as a follower were are most likely to remain in the background and let others do the fighting for us –
                  it’s safer that way.         
          [8] If we don’t say anything, maybe it will go away

Verse 27 - So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field?
  from whence then hath it tares?

  [A] Christ sowed good seed – and his followers sowed good seed as well

  [B] Than the church went to sleep and the adversary sowed bad seeds. When the bad seed sprung up, the
          church was surprised, How could this happen?
          [1] It happened because they were asleep and complacent


Verse 28 – He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and
  gather them up?
  
  [A] Although the church had no idea how it happened, Jesus did.
          [1] An enemy hath don this
                  [a] Satan and his followers corrupted the field
                  [b] They corrupted it and continue to corrupt it even today
          [2] The Church slept
                  [a] The followers of Jesus who should have been guarding the crop, and protecting the field which
                          Christ had entrusted to them did not protect it.         
                  [b] That same thing is taking place today, even more so, as more and more weeds are growing in the
                          garden of our Lord
                  [c] If weeds are not tended too what happens?
                          [1-a] They eventually take over
                  [d] If the church is unwilling to get into the battle, how can we keep the enemy out of the field?
                  [e] If we are asleep, what chance does our children have for a future church?
  
  [B] Shall we dig up the tares and gather them in?
          [1] next verse

Verse 29 - But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
  
  [A] The tares and the wheat were to be left alone until the harvest, and then they would be divided

Verse 30 - 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.

   [A]
Verses 39 - 40
          39. The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers
                are the angels.
          40. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this
                world.

  [B] The work for the planter was done
  
  [C] The work for the reapers was begun
          [1] The reapers were the angels of God sent down to divide the good from the bad.
          [2] First the tares were gathered together and burned
          [3] Then the wheat was gathered into the master’s barns
                  [a] The evil will be cast into  hell
                  [b] The good will be taken into heaven

Matthew 13: 36-43        
  40. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
  41. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend,
        and them which do iniquity;
  42. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
  43. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him
        hear.
  
  [A] and it all ends with a warning Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:47-50
  47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
  48. Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the    
       bad away.
  49. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
  50. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Verse 47 - Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
  
  [A] The net Jesus is speaking of her is a drag net
          [1] It is a large net that is cast into the sea and dragged along the bottom behind the boat, collecting
                  whatever fish happens to be caught in it
          [2] When the net is full, it is pulled either into the boat, or dragged to shore where the fish are Separated
          [3] There is no way to separate what fish are entering the net, therefore all manors of fish are Caught

  [B] This parable is similar to the last one, in so much as everything is taking in together and separated Afterwards

Verse 48 - Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the
  bad away.

  [A] Like the reapers in the last parable, who separated the wheat from the tares the fishermen separate the good
          fish from the bad
  
  [B] The good fish are kept, the bad are thrown away

Verse 49 - So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the
  just,
  
  [A] Again we see that the angels will come forth and separate the good from the bad – the wicked from the just

Verse 50 - And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

  [A] The wicked shall be cast into a furnace of fire, into hell – everlasting punishment

  [B] There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth
          [1] Those who do not believe in Jesus, nor believe in a place called hell, will find out quickly that there is truly
                  a hell, and will regret not hearing and believing in Jesus