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The Parable of the Tares - Part Four


Matt. 13:27-28


1.         A question is asked at the end of verse 27: How then does it have tares? Verse 28: Jesus gives the answer.



            A.        The answer is: the enemy has done this.

                        1.         Matt. 13:28 He said to them, An enemy has done this.

                                    A.        We have looked at the enemy being the devil and that he is                                                             active in previous lessons.

                                                1.         Now in this lesson, let us look at the way in which the                                                                      enemy sows these tares.

                                                            A.        1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the lust of                                                                           the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is                                                                      not of the Father but is of the world.

                                                                        1.         Let us take these and break them down; the                                                                                                  definitions are going to be taken from Bob                                                                                                    Winton’s commentary.

                                                                                    A.        The lust of the flesh is the evil desire which                                                                                                   arises from the flesh and finds expression                                                                                                      through the flesh. Flesh is used here of our                                                                                                    physical nature, the source of evil appetites; it                                                                                               is not used in reference to the literal skin,                                                                                                      muscle, bone, and tissue of our physical                                                                                                                     bodies. The lusts of the flesh are expressed                                                                                                    through the works of the flesh.

                                                                                                1.         Let us look at a few versus that show this                                                                                                      to be the case.

                                                                                                            A.        Rom. 6:11-12 Likewise you also,                                                                                                                               reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to                                                                                                                         sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus                                                                                                                           our Lord. Therefore do not let sin                                                                                                                              reign in your mortal body, that you                                                                                                                            should obey it in its lust.

                                                                                                            B.        Gal. 5:19-21 Now the works of the                                                                                                                            flesh are evident, which are: adultery,                                                                                                                         fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,                                                                                                                            idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions,                                                                                                                         jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish                                                                                                                         ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy,                                                                                                                         murders, drunkenness, revelries, and                                                                                                                         the like; which I tell you beforehand,                                                                                                                         just as I also told you in times past,                                                                                                                            that those who practice such things                                                                                                                            will not inherit the kingdom of God.

                                                                                                            C.        Eph. 2:3 among who also we all once                                                                                                                         conducted ourselves in the lusts of our                                                                                                                         flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh                                                                                                                         and of the mind, and were by nature                                                                                                                         children of wrath, just as the others.

                                                                                    B.        The lust of the eyes are those desires which                                                                                                   are       aroused through the appeal of objects by                                                                                                       the way they look.

                                                                                                1.         Let us look at a few verses that show this.

                                                                                                            A.        Gen. 3:6 So when the woman saw that                                                                                                                         the tree was good for food, that it was                                                                                                                         pleasant to the eyes, and a tree                                                                                                                                               desirable to make one wise, she took                                                                                                                             of its fruit and ate. She also gave to                                                                                                                                 her husband with her, and he ate.

                                                                                                            B.        Matt. 5:27-28 You have heard that it                                                                                                                                     was said to those of old, “YOU                                                                                                                                                 SHALL NOT COMMIT                                                                                                                                                                         ADULTERY.” But I say to you that                                                                                                                                     whoever looks at a woman to lust for                                                                                                                         her has already committed adultery                                                                                                                            with her in his heart.

                                                                                    C.        The pride of life is a desire for worldly honor,                                                                                               prestige, the exaltation before men; we                                                                                                                      usually call this vanity. Evil actions are often                                                                                                 produced because of the desire for worldly                                                                                                   honor, glory.

                                                                                                1.         Let us look at a few verses that show this.

                                                                                                            A.        Matt. 6:1 Take heed that you do not do                                                                                                                         your charitable deeds before men, to                                                                                                                         be seen by them. Otherwise you have                                                                                                                         no reward from your Father in heaven.

                                                                                                            B.        Matt. 6:16 Moreover, when you fast,                                                                                                                                     do not be like the hypocrites, with a                                                                                                                                  sad countenance. For they disfigure                                                                                                                                  their faces that they may appear to                                                                                                                                 men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to                                                                                                                  you, they have their reward.

                                                                                                            C.        John 12:42-43 Nevertheless even                                                                                                                               among the rulers many believed in                                                                                                                             Him, but because of the Pharisees they                                                                                                                         did not confess Him, lest they should                                                                                                                         be put out of the synagogue; for they                                                                                                                                     loved the praise of men more than the                                                                                                                   praise of God.

            B.        Now that we have looked at the enemy, let us look at our perfect                            example and how He handled the temptation of the enemy.

                        1.         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.

                                    A.        Jesus was tempted in the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh,                                             and the pride of life and yet, He did not sin.

                                                1.         It would befit us to follow His example and handle the                                                                    enemy with the same tactics that Jesus used.

                                                            A.        Now, we have to understand that the devil is not                                                                              going to appear to us the same way that he did to                                                                             Jesus, but the same principles apply.

                                    2.         So. let us turn to Matt. 4:1-11.

                                                A.        Notice that Jesus, prior to the devil coming to tempt Him,                                                    had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights and He was                                                                    hungry.

                                                            1.         Matt. 4:1-2 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into                                                                          the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when                                                                       He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards                                                                      He was hungry.

                                                B.        Now, notice the first temptation the devil lays before                                                                       Christ.

                                                            1.         Matt. 4:3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he                                                                            said. “If You are the Son of God, command that these                                                                     stones become bread.”

                                                                        A.        The tempter was trying to appeal to the lust of the                                                                            flesh. He knew that Jesus was hungry and that                                                                                              miracles were used to confirm the speaker was                                                                                              from God and to confirm the Word. They were                                                                                            not to be used for personal benefit.

                                                                        B.        Jesus does not give in but answers with the Word                                                                             of God and notice that the devil cannot handle the                                                                           proper handling of the Word of God.

                                                                                    1.         Matt. 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is                                                                                                    written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY                                                                                                                   BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD                                                                                              THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH                                                                                                   OF GOD.’”

                                                C.        Now notice the second temptation as recorded by                                                                            Matthew.

                                                            1.         Matt. 4:5-6 Then the devil took Him up into the holy                                                                        city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said                                                                         to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself                                                                                     down. For it is written: ‘HE SHALL GIVE HIS                                                                                          ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU, ‘AND, IN THEIR                                                                    HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR YOU UP, LEST                                                                               YOU DASH YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’

                                                                        A.        Here the devil tries to use Jesus’ tactics against                                                                                             Him and quotes from the Psalm 91 and appeals to                                                                            Jesus through the pride of life.

                                                                        B.        The devil was trying to tell Jesus, “Look who                                                                                                You are! If it is true, You can’t be hurt.”

                                                                                    1.         The devil mishandles the Word and Jesus                                                                                                      corrects him and handles the Word properly.

                                                                        C.        Jesus answers the devil again with Scripture.

                                                                                    1.         Matt 4:7 Jesus said to him, “It is written                                                                                                                    again, ‘YOU SHALL NOT TEMPT THE                                                                                                     LORD YOUR GOD.’”

                                                D.        Now the last temptation, as recorded by Matthew, before                                                    the departure of the devil for a season.

                                                            1.         Matt. 4:8-9 Again, the devil took Him up on an                                                                                            exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the                                                                         kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to                                                                     Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall                                                                      down and worship me.”

                                                                        A.        Now Satan is trying to appeal to the lust of the                                                                                             eyes.

                                                                        B.        But Jesus sees right through it again and foils the                                                                              plan of the enemy.

                                                                                    1.         Again, Jesus answers with Scripture.

                                                                        C.        Matt. 4:10 The Jesus said to him, “Away with                                                                                               you, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL                                                                                                  WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND HIM                                                                          ONLY YOU SHALL SERVE.’”

                                                E.         In these answers, our Lord shows us the meaning of 2                                                                      Timothy 2:15.

                                                1.         2 Tim. 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to                                                                    God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly                                                     dividing the word of truth.

                                                            A.        He was approved of by God by being diligent.

                                                                        1.         E.S.V. Says do your best

                                                                        2.         K.J.V. Says study

                                                                        3.         He was approved of by God, so He must have                                                                                              been diligent in the full extent of what the                                                                                                    original language meant.

                                                                                    A.        He obviously knew the Word.

                                                            B.        He was not ashamed because He rightly divided the                                                                                     Word.

                                                                        1.         Jesus was bold in the handling of Satan.

                                                                        2.         James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the                                                                                              devil and he will flee from you.

                                                                                    A.        We see this verse to be true with Jesus.

                                                                                                1.         Matt. 4:10 “Away with you, Satan!”

                                                                                                2.         We see that the devil left Jesus after this.

                                                                                                            A.        Matt. 4:11 Then the devil left Him and                                                                                                                         behold, angels came and ministered to                                                                                                                         Him.

                                                                        3.         We should take great comfort in this, knowing                                                                                              that if we follow or Lord’s example, the devil will                                                                            flee.


1.         We noticed today how the devil tempts.

            A.        Lust of the flesh.

            B.        Lust of the eyes.

            C.        Pride of life.

2.         Then, we noticed the perfect example of Jesus as to how to handle those temptations.

3.         Lastly, we noticed how Jesus gave us the perfect example of 2 Timothy 2:15.

4.         The question must then be asked: Are we following the example left by Jesus or are we falling into the devils snares?