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Summary: A look at the tares among the wheat.

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Matthew 13:24-30 KJV Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto 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 was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. [27] So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? [28] He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? [29] But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. [30] Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

I. INTRODUCTION—THE “LIKE/AS” PRINCIPLE

-There are some very strong principles for living in this particular parable. While I have at times in the past made illusions to this parable, I have never specifically preached from this text.

-When Jesus starts to explain things in His parables, He will resort to what some biblical scholars have come to call the “Like/As Principle.” For instance:

• This generation is like. . . children sitting in the marketplace—Matthew 11:16

• The Kingdom of Heaven is like. . . a grain of mustard seed about to be planted—Matthew 13:31

• The Kingdom of Heaven is like. . . unto leaven—Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:21

• The Kingdom of Heaven is like. . . a treasure hid in a field—Matthew 13:44

• The Kingdom of Heaven is like. . . unto a merchant man seeking goodly pearls—Matthew 13:45

• The Kingdom of Heaven is like. . . a net—Matthew 13:47

• The Kingdom of Heaven is like. . . a man who has been instructed and then brings out treasures, both old and new—Matthew 13:52

• The Kingdom of Heaven is like. . . a man who is going out to hire men to work in his vineyard—Matthew 20:1

• The Kingdom of Heaven is like. . . a king who invited wedding guests to his son’s wedding—Matthew 22:2

• The wise man is like. . . one who dug deep and put his foundation on the rock—Luke 6:48

• The foolish hearer who only hears and does not do is like. . . a man who builds his house on the sand and the storm will blow it away—Luke 6:49

• The Kingdom of God is like. . . a mustard see that grew into a large tree with various types of birds lodging in the branches—Luke 13:19

• Hypocrites are like. . . painted graves that are beautiful on the outside but full of bones inside—Matthew 23:27

-In the Old Testament, there are some powerful illustrations of who God is when you look into this principle:

• The glory of the Lord was like. . . a devouring fire—Exodus 24:17

• God is like. . . a mighty man that shouts—Psalm 78:65


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