- Series: The Parable of the Tares
The Parable of the Tares - Part Five
1. Question asked (vs. 28): Do you want us to gather them up? Answer given in (vs. 29). No!
2. The harvest (Judgment vs. 30).
1. QUESTION ASKED (VS. 28): DO YOU WANT US TO GATHER THEM UP? ANSWER GIVEN IN (VS 29). NO!
A. Matt. 13:29 But he said, No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
1. Why was he worried about the wheat being uprooted with the tares?
A. A tare resembles the wheat so closely that only a trained eye could tell them apart.
1. There are some pretenders who so closely resemble the sons of the kingdom, but only God knows their heart.
A. 1 Sam. 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
B. Jesus knows the thoughts of man.
1. Matt. 9:4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?”
2. Luke 9:47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him by Him.
B. Only God can separate the tares from the wheat because He is the only one who knows the heart.
1. Jesus is the good shepherd and He knows His sheep.
A. John 10:14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
B. I am not saying that we cannot know the truth; we obviously can, because Jesus says that we can.
1. John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
C. Nor am I saying that we cannot know false teachers or people who are not living right because again, we are told that we can.
1. Matt. 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
D. All that I am saying is that we cannot know the hearts. We cannot know if:
1. Someone who is not receptive will become receptive later and their heart be softened by the word.
A. There are many conversions in the Bible.
1. There are 10 conversions in the book of Acts.
A. At some point, everyone who is brought to Christ and obeys gospel is lost.
B. The Lord does not want anyone to perish.
1. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
2. As long as man still has breath and as long as the Lord has not returned, he still has a chance to repent.
A. This is one of the reasons that He does not want the tares gathered right away.
1. It grieves God to lose even one to the devil.
2. Notice the word any in 2 Peter 3:9; this is all inclusive and He wants none to perish.
B. Notice the word of Jesus talking about Jews in Matt. 23:37.
1. Matt. 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wing, but you were not willing!”
2. We cannot know if someone who is faithful today will remain faithful; nor can we know for sure that they are faithful.
A. We are told in several different places in the scripture that it is possible to fall.
1. Gal. 6:1 Brethren, If a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
A. In order to be restored, you must have been in a saved condition at some point.
2. Heb. 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of god and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and Put Him to an open shame.
A. Notice the words “once enlightened.”
1. This would mean that they were once in a saved condition.
2. Notice the words: “If they fall away.”
A. This clearly says one can fall from grace.
2. THE HARVEST (JUDGEMENT VS. 30).
A. Matt. 13:30 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 barns.
1. There are a few things that we need to take notice in this.
A. First, what is the harvest?
B. Who are the reapers?
C. Jesus does not tell us, but what are the barns?
1. Jesus answers this questions in his rendering of this Parable.
A. Matt. 13:39-43 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, 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 the Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
1. The harvest is the end of the world--the judgment.
A. Acts 17:31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.
2. It will be a day of either great joy or fear.
A. 2 Thess. 1:5-10 Which is manifested evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Notice the words “to give you who are troubled rest.”
A. This will be a day of great joy, for the saved will no longer be troubled.
2. Notice the words “taking vengeance.”
A. This will be a day of great fear for them.
1. Heb. 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
3. Jesus says that the reapers are the angels.
A. This gives us a little insight as to how the shepherd is going to separate the sheep from the goats.
1. Matt. 25:32 All nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
A. The angels will be gathering the tares
1. Matt. 13:41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and whose who practice lawlessness.
2. In 1 Thess. 4:16-17 we find how the Christian will be separated from the tares.
A. 1 Thess. 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
B. Here we also find that it will be the angels that will cast the tares into the fire.
1. Matt. 13:42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
4. Now, the last thing to look at is the barn.
A. This has to refer to heaven.
1. The earth is going to be destroyed.
A. 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
1. No one will be remaining on earth; either we will be saved and go to heaven or we will perish and be lost in hell.
A. Matt. 25:34 Then the King will say to those on his right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
B. Matt. 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
1. We have looked at why the tares were not gathered up right away and burned.
2. Then we looked at the harvest--The Day of Judgment, in which the tares will be gathered out of the kingdom and burned.
3. Then the question must be asked: Are you ready for the Judgment Day?
A. Which are you? A son of the kingdom, The good seed? Or are you the tares sowed by the enemy? The devil.
B. It will be this that determines where you spend your eternity.
2. Or Hell