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Now the picture Jesus paints is of an enemy sowing some weeds. The plant most think is commonly called darnel or cockle earning the name “false wheat” as it looks so much like wheat especially in the early stages. It is common in Syria and Israel. The problem is that by the time it is developed enough to be identified from wheat especially if someone would sow it along with the wheat, the roots would be entangled so that pulling out the weed would result in the destruction of the wheat. Therefore Jesus paints us a picture of waiting until God’s timing when the fields are ready for harvest and the plants have shown its true nature. Then the plants can be separated.

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