Corey Johnson

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The Parable of the Tares - Part Five


Matt. 13:28-30


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).



            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.

                        1.         Heaven

                        2.         Or Hell