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Query #73 February 2021
Wheat and tares in the church
What is a tare and what is its purpose in the church?
24 Another parable put He forth to them, saying,
The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade [of the true Christians] was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. [Outsiders could tell the difference for there was no fruit.] 27 So the servants of the householder came and said to him, Sir, did not you sow good seed in your field? from whence then has it tares?
28 He said to them, An enemy has done this.
The servants said to him, Will you then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them [for the sake of the good plants leave them alone]. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
He went on to tell us that the gospel seed can look like the smallest of all, but it grows to become the most powerful plant. By this He meant that because its reception depends on the choice of man, it cannot appear in its strength until allied with the power of God.
31 Another parable put He forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
33 Another parable spoke He to them; The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. [So another aspect of Christianity is that it grows and affects its surroundings.]
34 All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke He not to them: 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret [obscured] from the foundation of the world.
These secret (deliberately distorted) things were not marvels of science or other matters which men deem important, but how the kingdom of heaven works, here on earth and also in heaven. He did it to arouse curiosity and then be able to give a clear explanation to the enquirers.
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came to Him, saying, Declare [explain] to us the parable of the tares of the field.
They were not ashamed to admit that they had not understood Him. They thought that their religion was as clear as day, and as pure as truth, but now they were beginning to perceive that it may not be.
37 He answered and said to them,
He that sows the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world [or a single church];
the good seed are the children of the kingdom;
but the tares are the children of the wicked one.
39 The enemy that sowed them [the look-alike wheat] is the devil;
the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels [not men].
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 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; 42 and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth [amongst them].
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Who has ears to hear, let him hear.
So what we find out is that in any congregation of righteous men and women there will be unrighteous ones pretending to be saints. The whole religious world is divided into those two categories. The purpose of the “tares” (the pretenders, although many of them do not realise that they are such), is to confuse any issue or explanation that the Spirit of God may be able to expose amongst us. As Jesus said, their existence is deliberate, “the enemy has done this”, and we need to be aware of them. Their favourite expression is, “They are heretics”, or “this is a heresy”, pointing at the “wheat” or their teachings. Their favourite behaviour is to try and stamp out such fruit. But this only causes much more confusion and therefore the LORD advises us to leave them alone, they will come to their end one day.
This was not new advice (it is scattered throughout the Old Testament) but it needed to be exposed in that period of changeover to the new branch of the kingdom. We ourselves have seen a classic case of their efforts at the meeting of the ADCOM in 2018 which assumed powers far beyond any authorised by their position. Click here for more on that.
The query also asked, “what is their purpose?” By now we should be able to see that no matter what they do or attempt to do, God has reserved the right to look after His own as much as He is allowed by them. So nothing the tares or outright enemies (Satan and his angels) can do will affect the righteous in the end. But in the meantime, the tares are clearly demonstrating what Satan will do when he is given the opportunity and can plant “saboteurs” in the church.
Just as “the poor” will always be with us as incentives to give and help, so the tares give us an opportunity to exercise patience.
This leaves us with the conclusion that tares are a necessary part of God’s plan to stabilise the universe forever. So when you see or hear what you think is a “tare” (or a heretic) you should know what to do about it. It is the Son of God’s field and He says [leave them alone . . .]!!
All we have to do is spread abroad the truth as we know it.
Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated, but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject. Some of the comments on this page are adapted from books in my library. Recognition is not always given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.
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