What is the Meaning of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares?

The parable we are looking at today is compared with the kingdom of heaven. This story tells of a farmer who planted a good seed and when the night came, the enemy which we can also term as a competitor or a rival came along and sowed tares or weeds among the wheat that was planted.

Bible Passage: Matthew 13: 24-30


“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.  The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’  He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

* Bible verses were taken from New American Bible- Revised Edition (NABRE).


The Wheat and the Tares

The tare as described by Jesus looks exactly like a wheat at the early stage of its growth but looks more like a weed when it grows a little more.

One of the farmer’s workers asked his boss if he could uproot the weeds but the farmer told him to allow the weeds and wheat to grow together and wait until harvest when the wheat will be well distinguished from the weeds and when these weeds will be gathered together and burnt away.

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Abraham Bloemaert- Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Are you in the right position with God?

This is exactly what is happening in our churches today. We must never forget that the enemy is prowling and looking for whom to devour. Let him who thinks he stands to take heedless he falls. Many of us call on the name of the Lord but we do not have the characteristics of Jesus Christ. There are those that feel they are in the right position with God but God does not recognize them. Many have been caught in the activities of the world without being aware of it.

Are you walking on the way of the God?

The proverb is telling us that God will allow those who serve him truthfully and those who have backslidden to grow together. He shall sieve when he comes to gather his sheep. This period of growing today should be a time of restitution for all those who do not walk in the way of the Lord. Search yourself to know where you know you are missing it so that God will not uproot you with the weeds to be burnt on the last day.

Are you a wheat or a tare?

the_wheatThis parable should remind us all that we shall someday stand before the creator of the universe to give an account of how we spent our lives. Search yourself and check your character. You are in the best position to know if you are a wheat or a tare. If you are a tare, this is the time to put a stop to all things you are involved in which are not acceptable to God.

For the wheat amongst us, do not let your guards down; continue to develop your Christian beliefs. Do not give the enemy the chance to destroy the relationship you have built with God.

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The purpose and the meaning of the parable of the wheat and the tares: don’t judge

Jesus tells this story to let us know that, there are wheat and tares in the church. We don’t know who is who and we are not in the position to judge anyone. That is, it is not our duty to weed anyone out since we do not see their heart. Our concern should not be who the hypocrites amongst us are but our focus should be centered on whether we are hypocrites ourselves.

Let us take heed and ensure we are true believers indeed._

What do you think is the meaning of the parable of the wheat and the tares? Leave your comment below.


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