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The Parable of the Tares - Part Three


Matt. 13:27


1.         The question is asked: Did you not sow the good seed? (vs. 27)



            A.        To answer this question, one must look at who the sower of the good seed was.

                        1.         The answer is given by Jesus and He is the sower of the good seed.

                                    A.        Matt. 13:37 He answered and said to them: He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.

                                                1.         Jesus calls himself the Son of Man.

                                                            A.        Matt. 8:20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes                                                                        and birds of the air have nest, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

                                                            B.        Matt. 9:6 “But that you may know that the Son of                                                                            Man has power on earth to forgive sins.”

                                                            C.        We could look at many other passages where it is the                                                                       case that He calls Himself the Son of Man.

                                                                        1.         Matt. 10:23; 11:19; 12:8, 32, 40;                                                                                                                                            16:28; 17:9, 12, 22 (for just a few).

                                                                                    A.        A quick search on my iPad resulted in 90                                                                                                      verses were the term Son of Man is used.

                                                                                    B.        There is no doubt the Son of Man refers to                                                                                                    Jesus.

                                                2.         Now that we have concluded that the Son of Man is                                                                                    Christ himself, who is Christ?

                                                            A.        He is God!

                                                                        1.         John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the                                                                                           Word was with God, and the Word was God.

                                                                                    A.        John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and                                                                                                   dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the                                                                                              glory as of the only begotten of the Father,                                                                                                   full of grace and truth.

                                                                        2.         Four times in the book of Revelation, Jesus refers                                                                             to Himself as the Alpha and Omega.

                                                                                    A.        Rev. 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the                                                                                               Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who                                                                                               is and who was and who is to come, the                                                                                                                    Almighty.”

                                                                                    B.        Rev. 1:11 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the                                                                                             First and the Last,”

                                                                                    C.        Rev 21:6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am                                                                                              the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and                                                                                               the End. I will give of the fountain of the                                                                                                      water of life freely to him who thirsts.”

                                                                                    D.        Rev. 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,                                                                                                             the Beginning and the End, the First and the                                                                                                             Last.”

                                                                                                            1.         The world began because of Jesus and                                                                                                                         it is going to end upon His return.

                                                                                                            2.         At the end of Rev. 1:8 Jesus refers to                                                                                                                         Himself as the Almighty.

                                                                                                                        A.        The word used in the Greek:                                                                                                                                                 pantokrator.

                                                                                                                                    1.         Strong’s definition is the all                                                                                                                                                        ruling, that is, God (as absolute                                                                                                                                         and universal sovereign):-                                                                                                                                                     Almighty, Omnipotent.

                                                                                                                                                A.        This should remove any                                                                                                                                                                  doubt who Jesus is but on                                                                                                                                                       the off chance, we are                                                                                                                                                                         going to look at one more                                                                                                                                                       proof that Jesus is God!

                                                                                    E.         The Jews asked Jesus how he had seen                                                                                                                      Abraham.

                                                                                                1.         John 8:57 Then the Jews said to Him,                                                                                                                        “You are not yet fifty years old, and have                                                                                                     you seen Abraham?”

                                                                                                            A.        The Jews were saying, That is not                                                                                                                              possible! You are not even fifty;                                                                                                                                            Abraham lived over a thousand years                                                                                                                ago.

                                                                                                2.         Jesus had to correct their thinking.

                                                                                                            A.        John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most                                                                                                                           assuredly, I say to you, before                                                                                                                                                Abraham was, I AM.”

                                                                                                                        1.         Jesus was calling Himself God

                                                                                                                        2.         Remember in Exodus when Moses                                                                                                                          was at the burning bush and he                                                                                                                                                 asked God who should I say sent                                                                                                                                               me. God replied, “Say I AM has                                                                                                                                                sent you.”

                                                                                                                                                A.        God called himself the I                                                                                                                                                                 AM.

                                                                                                                        3.         Ex. 3:13-14 And God said to                                                                                                                                                             Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And                                                                                                                             He said, “Thus you shall say to                                                                                                                                          the children of Israel, ‘I AM has                                                                                                                                             sent me to you.’”

                                                                                                3.         The Son of Man sowed the good seed.                                                                                                                      The son of Man is Jesus. Jesus is God our                                                                                                      Creator; He sowed the good.

                                                                                                            A.        Jesus is the Creator.

                                                                                                                        1.         John 1:3 All things were made                                                                                                                                                 through Him, and without Him                                                                                                                                         nothing was made that was made.

            B.        There is no doubt that good seed was sown by Jesus.

                        1.         He was the Creator and all things were created good.

                                    A.        Gen 1:31 God saw everything that He had made, and indeed                                              it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the                                                  sixth day.

                        2.         Everything that Jesus taught was in line with God’s will because                             Jesus was perfect.

                                    A.        Heb. 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot                                                       sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points                                                                      tempted as we are, yet without sin.

                        3.         The parable of the soils says that the seed was the word of God.

                                    A.        Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of                                                  God.

                                                1.         So the good seed was sown by Jesus in this aspect by                                                                       Him. (This is not the good seed talked about in the                                                                           parable of the tares.)

                        4.         From a birth aspect, little children are still born without sin.

                                    A.        Matt. 18:3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are                                               converted and become as little children, you will by no                                                                    means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

                                    B.        1 Cor. 14:20 (K.J.V.) Brethren, be not children in                                                                             understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in                                                                    understanding be men.

                                                1.         Is Paul commanding us to be like something sinful?


1.         The question is answered: the good seed was sown.

            A.        Because it was sown by Jesus and He is God.

                        1.         But once we reach the age of accountability, we all sin and                                                  become the tares. Rom. 3:23

                                    A.        Then we have a choice: does the seed from the parable of the                                              soils fall on the good soil?

                                    B.        Because the enemy is in the world sowing tares and causing                                                all the different soil types or heart conditions.