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Sowers Of Wheat And Weeds
Christ's "parable of the sower" is one of His best known. It was however accompanied by another parable of a sower, the difference being that the first sowed wheat with the potential to produce a good crop, while the second sowed weeds into the wheat with the sole purpose of hindering the wheat from producing a bountiful harvest.
"The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field ... his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat"
Christ's parable of the sower explains why there is such difference in how people respond to the Gospel. Up to a point, it involves simply a matter of choosing to live this life as a means toward eternal life, rather than living this life as though it is more important i.e. "the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful" (verse 22 below). Beyond that however is whether or not one's time of understanding is now, rather than later (see When Their Eyes Were Opened and The Cure For The Carnal Mind; also When Will You Be Judged?)
"13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in Parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 13:7 And some fell among Thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Christ's parable of the weeds explains why there is yet evil in the world (see the Fact Finder question below to understand why "tares" are allowed to grow among God's crop).
"13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.