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The Christian Growing Season
Jesus Christ frequently used agricultural analogies in His Christian teachings. Example:
"9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:37-38 KJV)
There are two obvious reasons that He used harvesting as an object lesson. First, and most immediate, people could relate to the growth and development of food crops that had a greater purpose beyond the growing season in which they lived. Moreover however, He spoke of harvesting because that is what salvation is about, to separate what is good from what is not (see the Fact Finder question below to understand the true meaning of "baptism of fire"). The Biblically-correct definition of the word "church" is called out ones (see What Is The Church?), a process of a growth toward harvest (see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge).
"Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn"
Christ's "parable of the sower" describes how individuals respond to repentance, if or if not, the Holy Spirit of God is "sown" (see Spiritual Conception) within them. First, the parable that everyone "heard."
"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." (Matthew 13:1-9 KJV)
The Messiah then explained the parable to those who could "hear," by means of the Holy Spirit. The ability to hear now, or later, is a portrayal of the early and later harvests (see When Will You Be Judged?).
13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Christ's parable of the tares (i.e. weeds) explains why there is yet evil in the world (see Why Does God Allow Evil?) i.e. "lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them ... Let both grow together until the harvest"
"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.
Fact Finder: What does "baptism of fire" actually mean?