“But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest…’” Matthew 13:29-30a
When Jesus shared the parable of the wheat and the tares with his disciples, He told them there was both good seed (wheat) and bad seed (tares) planted in the kingdom of heaven. What are tares? Today we might call them “darnel”. Darnel grows side by side with wheat and the similarities between them is so great that in some regions darnel is referred to as “false wheat”. In fact, you cannot tell the difference between wheat and darnel until the ear of the wheat appears.
In this parable we learn that the tares refer to unbelievers and the wheat refers to believers who are living side by side one another. When the servants in the parable heard that tares were growing alongside the wheat they said, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up?” We see Jesus’ response in the passage above.
As I was reading about darnel, I learned that it has a fungus called “claviceps purpurea (ergot)” which makes it toxic. This caused me to ask, “Why would our heavenly Father want us to live side by side with toxic people?” When reading the parables of Jesus, it is important to remember that He wants us to understand that believers are to be a channel of God’s grace to a world in desperate need of it. Knowing this, let us continue to sow the seed of God’s Word and live sanctified lives that we might have a life-changing effect on those who stand side by side with us.
Join us Wednesday night at 6:30pm at the Portillo’s home as we dig deep into the “The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!