TOPIC: Tare Or Wheat? (DCLM Daily Manna 18 June 2021)
TEXT: 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.
KEY VERSE: “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.” – (Matthew 13:30)
Wikipedia.org describes a weed as ‘a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation; a plant in the wrong place’. Farmers are always wary of weeds and from time to time employ various means of getting rid of these unwanted plants from their plantations. Tares are also categorized as weeds.
Our Lord Jesus Christ put forward a parable where He likened the kingdom of heaven to a sower who ‘sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat’. After some time, both tares and wheat sprang up. The servants of the sower, in their bewilderment, approached him and enquired how the tares came up among the wheat and whether they should uproot them.
The sower affirmed that the enemy must have sneaked in, under the cover of the night, to sow the tares. He however, implored his servants to allow both tares and wheat grow together. At the time of harvest, while the wheat would be graciously gathered into his barn, the tares would be bundled together and burnt.
The parable is a true picture of our congregations and the world today. Our world is a mixture of both sincere children of God (categorized as wheat) and hypocrites and sinners (categorized as tares). Both sets of people dwell and even fellowship together. The great day of separation is however coming when Christ shall gather His saints in glory. Then the tares – all sinners and backsliders – shall be gathered and cast into the furnace of the fire of hell, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Are you a tare or wheat? Thank God, there is opportunity today for any sinner to repent and become a true Christian before the great day of separation comes.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Saints and sinners shall be parted right and left on that great day!
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.