- Series: The Parable of the Tares
- Scripture: Matthew 13:27-28
The Parable of the Tares - Part Four
1. A question is asked at the end of verse 27: How then does it have tares? Verse 28: Jesus gives the answer.
1. A QUESTION IS ASKED AT THE END OF VERSE 27: HOW THEN DOES IT HAVE TARES? VERSE 28 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?