Prayer & Readings – Parable of the Tares – Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.

When: Saturday, July 28, 2007 8:30 AM-9:30 AM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
 
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Dear Lord God, O Lord how the parables of my Lord Jesus move me to meditate, as I seek to understand, I wonder about the reasons for His choice to use parables, for I have learned  that my Lord spoke in parables to hide rather than explain the meaning behind His teachings. Today’s Gospel reading, the Parable of the Tares seems direct and clear, as do many Parables, but is it. Do I understand or I am one of the people from which Jesus sought to hide His true meanings. O Lord that You would use me, continuing Your work in me and leading me for Your purpose according to Your will. And that You would ready me for harvest protecting me from the ways and things under the sun; so that I will be gather the wheat and be brought into Your barn. This I ask in Jesus name Amen.
Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Your Holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Your greater honor and Your greater glory. Amen
— St. Ignatius Loyola
3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, "All the words which the LORD has spoken we will do." 4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient." 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it upon the people, and said, "Behold the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."
1 The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. 5 "Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!" 6 The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! [Selah] 14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High; 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
Bible Study: [Psalm 50] A covenant lawsuit stating that the sacrifice God really wants is the sacrifice of praise accompanied by genuine obedience (cf Micah 6:1-8). It begins with a theophany and the summoning of the court (Psalm 50:1-6). Then in direct address God explains what is required of the faithful (Psalm 50:7-15), rebukes the hypocritical worshiper (Psalm 50:16-21), and concludes with a threat and a promise (Psalm 50:22-23; cf Isaiah 1:19-20).
24 Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the householder came and said to him, `Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ 28 He said to them, `An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, `Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, `No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’"
Bible Study: [24-30] This parable is peculiar to Matthew. The comparison in Matthew 13:24 does not mean that the kingdom of heaven may be likened simply to the person in question but to the situation narrated in the whole story. The refusal of the householder to allow his slaves to separate the wheat from the weeds while they are still growing is a warning to the disciples not to attempt to anticipate the final judgment of God by a definitive exclusion of sinners from the kingdom. In its present stage it is composed of the good and the bad. The judgment of God alone will eliminate the sinful. Until then there must be patience and the preaching of repentance. [25] Weeds: darnel, a poisonous weed that in its first stage of growth resembles wheat.[30] Harvest: a common biblical metaphor for the time of God’s judgment; cf Jeremiah 51:33; Joel 3:13; Hosea 6:11.
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The meaning is quite complex: This is not just a heaven/hell exhortation to repentance, but an explanation of God’s patience with the world’s unbelief. The parable of the tares is also meant to explain the cause of hypocrisy within the Christian church. For mere social reasons, some who are actually nonbelievers put on a religious front. But their actions and attitudes often indicate that they are not real Christians.
 
Nevertheless, God is patient in judgment. Just as the man in the parable does not want his servants to accidentally root up the wheat, Jesus does not want his followers to conduct judgmental witch hunts for "hypocrites" in the church.
 
This still does not prevent the expulsion of church members who live in open rebellion against God’s law, such as the man in 1 Corinthians 5 who committed adult incest.
 
Another interpretation is that the parable explains the history and plan of the world. The world is the field in which the seed was sown. That is, the world is God’s creation that He made good. The evil one came and planted bad seed–that is, he led humans into sin. The present state of the world is that there exists good seed–those who ultimately stop rebelling against God and accept His grace–and bad seed–those who refuse to accept and instead persist in rebellion. The reason God did not just destroy everybody who was in rebellion of Him (the bad seed) is that some people exist who have not yet accepted His grace, but someday will. These people would be uprooted if harvested too early. Instead, He is bringing the world to a point (the harvest) in which everybody will have made their final decision and can then be sorted fairly–the good to be gathered together and the evil to be destroyed.
 
Your brother in Christ Jesus, Richard
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One Response to “Prayer & Readings – Parable of the Tares – Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

  1. noactive Says:

    Prayer & Readings – Parable of the Tares – Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn. … .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

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