Wheat and Weeds

The following is reprinted from The Prodigal Daughter on Facebook, October 5, 2016.  Photo by Tara Smithy.

Which are wheat and which are tares? Do you know?
Which are wheat and which are tares? Do you know?

Wheat and Tares

I learned recently that wheat and weeds look alike when they begin to sprout up from the ground, but as each matures, the characteristics in each begin to change. There are some types of tares or weeds that look exactly like wheat and only an expert can distinguished which is which until they have reached maturity.

When the wheat has matured it bows its head… But when the tares mature they stand tall. This then makes the process of pulling the tares out easier as they have become identifiable. The true wheat bows.
There [are] such amazing truths we can glean from this, and for me, it’s brought a deeper revelation of the parable of the wheat and tares.

Truths about the Body
1. True believers do not stand tall and proud, but bow humbly before our Holy God, meek and reverent.
2. Tares, at first, can be mistaken for wheat, they imitate the wheat, but are not wheat.
3. Only the true wheat is harvested and taken into the barn.
4. The tares though appearing strong, proud and upright, are not wheat and will be pulled from the harvest and thrown in the fire.
5. Tares can easily be mistaken for wheat, but in the end it will become evident those who truly bow before God and those who don’t.
6. The tares are sown by the enemy and will be left within the Church until the time of the harvest; [they will] grow so closely within the wheat [that] they cannot be pulled out until the entire harvest is ready, lest some true wheat are pulled out in the process.
7. Tares offer nothing of value or substance to be harvested even though they appear tall and strong.

Here is the Scripture, Matthew 13:24-30.

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The ownerʼs servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didnʼt you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”
Matthew 13:24‭-‬30 NIV

Be blessed as we wait upon the Lord’s return, and as we bring in the harvest.  May He make us bold and strong.




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