we are to come out from among the world (the in crowd), and stand as lights in the world. We are the wheat in this world, growing along with the tares, who are sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. We are to allow God's word and Spirit to work in us richly through faith in Jesus through His Grace and truth reveal to us His brethren who are joint heirs with Him. The process we are going through separates the wheat from the chaff.
Christ's kingdom parables frequently encourage us to both patience in adversity and confidence over it. The patience and the confidence are both the fruit of trusting in Christ's settled victory over all things and all history. Imposters, false teachers, ungodly people, the spiritually indifferent, and antichrist ideas are all growing alongside and among the crop of God's kingdom. We must ever be on guard, honing our discernment according to the Word of God so that we will tell the true from the false in due time. As we wait for the fruit to give evidence of the root, we have opportunity to learn this patience and this confidence in God's purposes. We can neither advance or delay His timing with our efforts, so our charge is to diligently man our stations, to obey Christ's instructions, to take sin seriously, and to never despair. It has been said that the good soldier fights not so much because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. We are commanded to hate the weeds, and this hatred is proper because the weeds corrupt what is lovely. May God give us a heart that rightly tackles the weeds because of our overwhelming anticipation and love for the bountiful harvest of His kingdom.
We are talking about the spiritual blindness, of the Laodicean Church, just as the leaders and the people were in Israel (Judah) in Isaiah 56:10, where they were said to be ignorant and could not bark. They were more like the Emperor Has no clothes on, because they thought they were wealthy and had no need of anything. Their spiritual condition was hidden from them, lacking an anointing from Jesus, their wretchedness stood out, making it so He was about to spew them out.
Theme: The Lord is not Slack, but is Longsuffering Toward Us, Not Willing that Any Should Perish.
I. The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares – vv. 24-27
A. The Wheat and the Tares Planted – vv. 24-27
B. The Tares Left Until Harvest – vv. 28-30
II. Do Not Despise the Day of Small Things – vv. 31-35
A. The Growth of the Mustard Seed – vv. 31-32
B. The Leaven of the Kingdom of Heaven – v. 33
C. Jesus Continues to Speak to the Multitudes in Parables – vv. 34-35
III. The Disciples Seek an Explanation of the Parable of the Tares – vv. 36-43
A. God Sows His Good People in the World – vv. 36-38
B. God Allows the Wicked to Live in His World Until the Day of Judgment – vv. 39-43
Scripture warns against hypocritical judgement, wrong-criteria judgement, impatient judgement, and no judgement. This message will address the subject of pre-mature judgement. (Message #1 in the Judgement series)
The parable of The Wheat and Tares is the
second parable that Jesus explains to His disciples.
In it, Jesus contrasts the wheat and the tares,
the householder and the enemy, the final end
of both in the fire and the grainery.
Jim Snyder, elder at Christ Reformed Church
continues his adaptation of Herman Hanko's book,
"The Mysteries of the Kingdom:
An Exposition of Jesus' Parables" in this message.
Open borders, corruption at the highest levels of government, the weaponization of agencies...it is enough to make one discouraged! Don't be! The Lord has told us that His people would grow up alongside those who would be enemies, however, the Lord will set everything right on the day of His return, the day of Judgement. Serve Him then faithfully until that day!
The Gospel of the Kingdom - Message 79 - The Parable of the Wheat and Tares - Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. A rival seeks revenge against his neighbor and so sows seeds that are meant to cause a decrease and destruction of the yield of his crops. The lessons from this parable help us understand the world around us and our purpose as the church (wheat) living among the tares.
A SOWER WENT OUT TO SOW
TEXT: Mark 4:1-20
SUMMARY: The parable of the sower brings man face to face with the desperate condition of his heart, and with God's plan to change it.
I. WE SEE GOD SEEKING: "A Sower went out to sow."
A. The Symbols and Their Meaning.
B. The Spirit and His Work.
II. WE SEE THE NATURAL HEART REJECTING: "some seed fell…"
A The Seed Sown by the Wayside, v. 4, 15.
B. The Seed Sown on Stony Ground, vv. 5, 16-17.
C. The Seed Sown on Thorny Ground, vv. 7, 18-19.
III. WE SEE THE REGENERATED HEART RECEIVING: "but other seed fell on good ground…"
A. The Seed in Good Ground, v. 8, 20.
B. Thirty, Sixty, a Hundred Fold.
Jerry's class continues its study of John MacArthur's book; today's lesson deals with Jesus' parable of the wheat and tares, and the path by which outsiders (to the faith) become insiders. Tares in today's church are discussed, along with the means of discipline that are followed in reformed churches.