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This post is right off the back of someone I follow on Fbook.
His name is Elijah Pickett, I found him on Fbook, check him out or if you don't have that platform I will be happy to send you his posts. His understanding is inspiring.
This morning I came across his post that talked about 'Tares'. Specifically in Matthew 13:25-26.
Jesus is speaking to the multitudes from a boat off shore. He is speaking in parables lest the multitude fall to the enemy that deceives with ease.
His parable is of the Sower.
-Matthew 13:25 = 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.
A few facts on what tare is: From Bible Study notes.
Tares: darnel, zizania, margine ( Lolium temulentum)
A species of rye grass. The seeds are a strong, soporific poison. (Also see green manure)
Grows in Palestine and Syria. Not poisonous unless infected with the mould- ergot. Is also used for chicken feed.
Is commonly confused with wheat until both come to maturity. Tare is apparently straight and – dare I say stiff necked. While wheat bows its head in submission and humbleness.
Jesus speaks in bold type.
-:27= So the servants of the house-holder 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?
-:30= Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather he first together the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Upon coming away from the multitude, back to his Deciples, they continued to ask Jesus about the parable of the tares of the field -:36.
-:37= He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
-:38= The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
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-:39= The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Photo credits: Snake- Cotswold Wildlife Park. Sunset: Paula Jeffries