Who Are the Tares?


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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

-:40= As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of the world.

Every blessing that God allows.

Xx Val

A Sympathetic Friend told me…

I've been belly aching this week, as I had a belly ache.

After the third day, I was interwebbing symptoms, as you do…

I spent some of my down time reading some scripture and catching up with people, bouncing some ideas around, willing to try anything different. One of my sisters in Christ sent me a very apt verse from Isaiah.

-Isaiah 40:31= But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

-That prompted me to find context and what I needed to reflect on.-

-Isaiah 40:28= Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. ❤️

-Psalm 147:5= Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

-Psalm 48:1= GREAT is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.

-Psalm 145:3= Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

-Isaiah 40:29= He give the power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increase strength.

-Jeremiah 31:25= For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful.

I have many blessings, this down time has indeed replenished me and continues to do so.

I have been aware that there are others that continue to suffer in their unglorified bodies and lives in this world we were born into.

This is dedicated to them, and all that care for others.


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With every blessing that God allows,

XxVal

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

I personally stumble over this "go to" response when describing the need for the Lord.

Why does God let these things happen to the vulnerable and innocent?

I was reminded that no one is sinless (innocent) no, not one. And we are all vulnerable to different destructions.

There are many more examples in the AV Bible to answer this and related questions.

I have copied a few, just to get us thinking and hopefully put to bed the distress in the painful 'why' in this case.

-Ezekiel 18:23 = Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

-33:11= Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

-2 Peter 3:9= The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

-Romans 5:8= But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

-5:14= Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adams transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

-1Corinthians 15:25= For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

-15:26= The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Galatians2:17= But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

2Peter 3:18= But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever.

Amen.

Every blessing that God allows,

Xx Val

on-Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee writes, the Bible reveals

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Who is the Watchman?

Harper Lee Published ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, then 50 years later, she published ‘Go Set a Watchman’.

I revisited To Kill a Mockingbird on it’s 50th anniversary, then Go Set a Watchman came out and I gobbled that up as well…so, who is the watchman?

These in Isaiah, are prophetic verses.

Isaiah 21:4= My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

21:5= Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the sheild. 21:6= For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

(So that sets the scene and tone, giving us a little context)

21:7= And he saw a chariot with a couple of horseman, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

21:11=… ,Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

(But who is the watchman?)

Malachi 4:2=But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; …

2 Kings 9:19= Then he sent out a second on horseback,which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me.

9:20= And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: …

Ezekiel 3:17= Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at thy mouth, and give, and the people be not warned; them warning from me.

33:6= But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet and the people be not warned; if the sword come come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

33:7= So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

 

Every blessing,

Xx Val

Good Friday…

Why Good Friday?

I always thought of Good Friday as being the most emotionally exhausting of the services.

In scripture it takes you there, we must never profess what it was that Jesus went through, only to be aware and know why he did it.

Because He won’t be doing it again!

Matthew 28:5-6

:5 And the angel answered and said unto the woman, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.

(That must have been quite the event to try and process!)

1 John 3:16= Hereby perceive the word of God, because he laid down his life for us:

Romans 5:8= But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:36= He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that beleiveth not on the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Hebrews 10:11-12, 18-19= And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

:12= But ‘this man’, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;

:18= Now where ‘remission of these is, there is no more’ offering for sin.

:19= Having therefore, bretheren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Revelation 21:6= And he said unto me, It is done.

AMEN.

Every blessing,

Xx Val

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The Second Coming-Burning Battle

This week, in our Bible study group, we discussed the events in the book of Joel 2:1-12. Armageddon around Israel, where Christ blazes through into a place called the Hebrew tongue. (ref: Rev.16:16)

=Joel 2:1-BLOW ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

=Joel 2:2-A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be anymore after it, even to the years of many generations.

Amos 5:18-Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of he LORD is darkness, and not light.

Zephaniah 2:15-That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

=Joel 2:3-A fire devoureth before them;and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them , and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 

=Joel 2:4- The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horseman, so they shall run.

=Joel 2:5- Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

=Joel 2:6-Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. 

=Joel 2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

=Joel 2:8- Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 

=Joel 2:9- They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

=Joel 2:10-The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

Psalm 18:7- Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. 

Isaiah 13:10- For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

=Joel 2:11- And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? 

=Joel 2:12- Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me  with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping,and with mourning. 

Hosea 12:6- Therefore turn to thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgement, and wait on thy God continually.

1 Thessalonians 4:16- For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch angel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1 Thessalonians 5:23- And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved and blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

   I recall a Disney animated piece of classical music in Fantasia 2000, called Fire bird Suit. It showed a little character spreading her arms wide and flying to and fro over the earth laying behind her bucolic countryside in the sweeping tones of the music. Then the terrible Fire bird belches forth out of a volcano and lays waste to all her efforts.

But when Christ comes back with fire in his eyes, lay waste he will. But this is necessary to enter the New Jerusalem.

Every blessing, XxVal   

 

Fearing and Loathing. Psalm 139:19-24.

David seems so consumed with his passion for God, when he remembers those that perhaps don’t share his affection, this is his reaction…

=Psalm 139:19-Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

Isaiah 11:4-But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

=Psalm 139:20- For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

1 Samuel 2:3- Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

=Psalm 139:21- Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

-:22- I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

-:23- Search me, O GOD, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

-:24-And see if there be any wicked way in me in the way everlasting.

(It seems to me, David has a fearing and loathing. He fears the LORD as we all must and he loaths the people that do not fear. He pulls himself up to ask the Lord to substantiate their relationship and to affirm his loyalty.)

Just one final thing, a dear friend of mine, Piera Galvin, has brought out her debut food and nutrition book. ‘God’s Food Heals’.

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You can find this paper back book on Amazon for £9.51 or the Kindle edition for£3.99

Backed up with scripture from the King James Bible and find out how she went from scripture to a new release on life. I watched her go from one Dr. to another dietition, without resolve she was after. It was frightening, frustrating and in the meantime continued to get worse.

She reminded me, Proverbs 30:5-Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Every Blessing,

Xx Val