TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, May 27, 2019:
A weed; vetch.
Jesus told them this parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed. But while everyone was sleeping his enemy came and sowed tares (weeds) among the wheat, and went away. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Jesus came into this world to begin His Kingdom on earth in the hearts of those who would believe in Him. The disciples would have the responsibility of growing His Kingdom after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Today we are talking about the TARES in a parable told by Jesus. The purpose of the parables in Matthew 13 was to teach the disciples about the Kingdom of heaven.
Jesus used the parable of the tares as written in Matthew 13: 24-30, when He was sitting in a boat on the sea of Galilee preaching and teaching the multitudes sitting on the shore line. Jesus, in this parable, was talking about the kingdom of heaven on earth and compared it to a man who sowed good seed in his field. He went on to say that while the man slept his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat. When the grain sprouted the tares also appeared. The servants of the owner came to him and said he planted good seed so where did the tares come from? The owner told the servants that an enemy had sown the tares.
The servants then asked the owner if he wanted them to pull up the tares? The owner told them to let them both grow and at the harvest they would collect and burn the tares and harvest the wheat and put the wheat into his barn.
Later, when Jesus was alone with the disciples (verses 36-43) He explained the message of this parable. The Lord is the sower of the good seed and the field is the world. The good seeds are the children of God but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy that sowed the tares is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are the angels.
Just as the tares are gathered and burned, so it will be at the end of this age. Judgment will come and God will be the judge.
In this world believers live among non-believers just as the wheat exists among the tares. When the wheat and tares are immature and growing mingled together, it is hard to distinguish between the wheat and the tares. When wheat becomes mature it becomes apparent that it is wheat and not a tare. At the time of harvest the wheat can be separated from the tares.
Satan is the enemy of God and those who follow Him. Satan mingles his children among God’s children to make it difficult for believers to discern what is true from what is false.
As believers we will be living with unbelievers in situations like school, church, our neighborhood, in our workplace and even in our own family. As a believer in Jesus Christ it is important that we grow into mature believers so that we are distinguishable from non-believers. It is not the believer's role to separate the wheat (believers) from the tares (non-believers). We are not the judge. God is. However, as believers, we must use good judgment in whom we listen to and whom we associate with.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Exodus 20:3.
You shall have no other Gods before Me.
Give me a discerning mind that I can distinguish between what is truth and what is false. Keep me separate from Satan’s unrighteous followers and help me to shine forth as a child of God and a real follower of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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