The Parable of the Wheat and Tares

I just had an inspiration concerning Christ’s parable of the wheat and the tares as found in Matthew.  See below the parable:

Matthew 13:24-30 King James Version (KJV)

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.

My thought on this subject is that in each of our lives we must live with the good and the bad, as symbolized by the wheat, being the good, useful grain, and the tares, being considered bad, are the undesirable element.

A definition of tares is given on Tares [N] [S]

the bearded darnel, mentioned only in Matthew 13:25-30 . It is the Lolium temulentum, a species of rye-grass, the seeds of which are a strong soporific poison. It bears the closest resemblance to wheat till the ear appears, and only then the difference is discovered. It grows plentifully in Syria and Palestine.

I also read in the Merriam Webster online dictionary that the tares can refer to a plant called vetch which is grown for fodder or fertilizer.  In that case it would have a use, but not for human consumption.

In the beginning, as recorded in Genesis, God created the Earth and placed Adam and Eve, the first of humankind, in the Garden of Eden.  When God created the Earth he pronounced it “good”.  It is logical that God, who is good, would create a good world.  But in the Garden of Eden we see the entrance of the subtle serpent, who tempts Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit.  In this case the commandments of God are broken, and therefore, Satan, the serpent, the enemy of God, makes an entrance into this world of good, bringing in bad elements, bad being interpreted as the opposite of God, or good.  But the temptation of Satan was subtle, as they say, and he made the breaking of the commandment seem like a good thing.  Sometimes it is hard to distinguish the good from the bad, just like the above definition explains how the poisonous rye grass resembles the wheat in the beginning.

I feel that in this world and in each of our lives, we have good and bad experiences in each stage of our lives.  We often wonder why we must have bad in our lives.  Sometimes I wish I could go back and change my past and make different decisions, but I realize, that if I had made different decisions I would have avoided certain negative consequences, but I also would have not had the good experiences that came along with it.  In the parable of the wheat and tares, the Lord of the vineyard instructed the servants to let the wheat and tares grow together until the wheat was mature.  In our lives bad is allowed to happen in order for us to grow and learn.  If we had all the bad rooted out too early then we would not be able to fully mature.  We would be stunted in the same way that Adam and Eve would have been stunted in growth if they had remained as innocent children in the Garden of Eden without having to go out in the world and experience the travails of bearing children and working by the sweat of their brows for their own sustenance.

And yet, the parable says, once the wheat and tares have matured, then will the tares be separated and come to their final purpose, to be burned, as their use has been fulfilled.  Then the wheat will be gathered into the barns of our Lord.  This is a comforting thought, although I do not know the future or how it will all turn out.



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