THE PARABLE OF THE TARES OF THE FIELD
(Mat 13:24-26) Another parable put he forth unto them [the “great multitudes” Mat 13:2], saying, The kingdom of heaven [on this earth of which all “imputed” (Gk: esteemed, reckoned) for righteousness persons are members of] is likened unto a man [“the Son of man” v.37] which sowed good seed [“the good seed are the children of the kingdom” v.38] in his field [“The field is the world” v.38]: But while men slept, his enemy came [“the devil” v.39] and sowed tares [Gk: darnel] [“the tares are the children of the wicked one” v.38] among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade [stalk] was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
1. (1 Pet 5:8) Be sober [Gk: abstain from wine], be vigilant [Gk: to keep awake, i.e. watchful]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour [Gk: gulp entire]:
2. Commentary: Stalks of darnel appear to be exactly as stalks of wheat throughout their growth cycle, from planting until maturity and fruition. Then the darnel grains mature and appear as black fruit and the wheat grains mature and appear as golden fruit. Grains of darnel are deadly poisonous, whereas grains of wheat are crushed into flour, and with water added, baked into healthy loaves of bread. Jesus Christ said “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), and that “bread” gives us life. What symbolism do we see in a loaf of bread?
3. Commentary: “Now the parable [of the sower] is this: The seed is the word of God.” (Luke 8:11). Jesus Christ is the seed that has been crushed, the flour of the Word of God (John 1:14); the Holy Spirit is water added to the crushed seed (Eph 5:26); and “our God is a consuming fire” (Heb 12:29). God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
4. (Mat 13:33) Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven [on earth] is like unto leaven [yeast, that puffs up the bread so that it appears to be something that it is not; false doctrine (Mat 16:5-12)], which a woman took [implication of usurping authority (1 Tim 2:12)], and hid [an act of deception] in three measures of meal [Gk: flour] [i.e., crushed seed, alluding to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost], till the whole was leavened [with false doctrine].
(Mat 16:5-12) And when his disciples were come to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], they had forgotten to take bread [symbolic of the Word of God]. Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven [Gk: to ferment] [yeast] of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves [representing five of the disciples] [“and the two fishes” Mat 14:19: peripheral witnesses] of the five thousand, and how many baskets [“of the fragments that remained” Mat 14:20] ye took up [“twelve baskets full” Mat 14:20]? Neither the seven loaves [representing the seven remaining disciples] [“and a few little fishes” Mat 15:34: peripheral witnesses] of the four thousand, and how many baskets [“of the broken meat” Mat 15:37] ye took up [“that was left seven baskets full” Mat 15:37]? How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine [Gk: instruction: teachings] of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
1. Commentary: The doctrines of the Pharisees and Sadducees and of the Herodians (Mark 8:15) are themselves “hypocrisy” (Gk: acting under a feigned part, deceit) (Luke 12:1). These unbelievers added to God’s Word (Deut 4:2; Rev 22:18) by puffing up and thereby perverting and changing the pure truth of God’s Word (the bread of life) into something that was no longer truth nor pure and therefore has no lasting substance or nourishment, e.g., different Bible versions. Digesting their interpretations of God’s doctrine is rather like eating hot air. When Jesus Christ produced more by multiplying the five loaves for the five thousand, they ate miraculously provided material substance and were nourished eternally. The Pharisees and Sadducees do not multiply substance, but they do seem to produce more by puffing up the truth, thereby perverting (Syn: distorting, misrepresenting, changing, altering, spoiling) that truth and making it into something different from the original; in a sense, they mingle the truth with “hot air,” i.e., vacuous ideas.
(Mat 13:27-30) So the servants [representing saved, born-again Christians] of the householder [Jesus Christ] came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed [“the children of the kingdom” v.38] in thy field [“the world” v.38]? from whence then hath it tares [poisonous weeds]? He said unto them, An enemy [“the devil” v.39] hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye 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 [“the angels” v.39], Gather ye together [Gk: sullego; collect] first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather [Gk: sunago; assemble] the wheat into my barn.
1. Commentary: “bind them in bundles” = These poisonous weeds must be collected and “bound” together against their will else they will slip away to proliferate again. They are being bound, even now, into “bundles” of like-minded godless associations and groups such as abortionists, homosexuals, feminists, etc. “to burn them” which clearly anticipates their future burning rather than their present burning. They are, like the already bound fallen angels in hell, now being bound with “chains of darkness” (2 Pet 2:4) or by analogy, “with blindness” (Gen 19:11) like the Sodomites of old, and they are ominously “reserved unto judgment” (2 Pet 2:4).
2. Commentary: “but gather the wheat into my barn” = The wheat are the children of the kingdom “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (Heb 10:25) into a dwelling place for God built of wooden priest-boards (men) and animals, which references to Noah’s ark and to the stable wherein Messiah was born.
THE INTERPRETATION OF THE TONGUE
(Mat 13:40-43) As therefore the tares are gathered [Gk: sullego; collected] and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world [Gk: aion] [i.e., “the end of this world” is when He will burn them]. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out [Gk: sullego; collect] of his kingdom [on earth] all things that offend [Him], and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
1. “iniquity” = Gk: illegality, violation of law, or wickedness: transgression of the law, unrighteousness.
2. “shine forth” = Gk: to be resplendent /// to beam, i.e. radiate brilliancy: give light, shine.
3. Commentary: From the new heaven, the new earth shall shine forth as the sun like a beautiful field of wheat full of brilliantly shining golden heads versus the dismal present picture of the old earth that now appears a mingled shadowed darkened field of mostly black and some few golden heads. Praise God. Thank you Lord.