The parable in Matthew 13:24-29 of ‘the wheat and the tares’ is perhaps one of the most simple and easy to understand metaphors that Jesus uses.
There is, it seems, little below the surface, especially after Jesus explains it in verses 36-43.
The weight of it only really just struck me recently, and following on from my post “Love and Approval”, the message is once again consistent.
We are the wheat and the tares. ‘We’ being anyone living the world in any era or age. ‘We’ being anyone of any age, gender, size, colour, religious persuasion, sexual orientation, any one with past, present or future sins, any state of mind, health, finances or socio-economic standing.
So, ‘we’ are not the workers or the farmer in this parable.
What does that really mean on the deepest level?
To me, it is about accepting the God is and will be the judge. Not us.
Our Job is to get growing, together with everyone else, and maybe (to bend and twist the parable into places where it is not leading at all) we might be able to influence a tare to mutate into wheat.
In the end though, we don’t know who is ‘wheat’ and who is ‘tare’ which is fortunate really because I don’t feel equipped to make that judgement call!
let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
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