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Parables Of Jesus Christ: Weeds In The Wheat
The Messiah's parable of the "tares," or weeds, in the wheat field:
"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.
"Let both grow together until the harvest"
"Tares," when they are young, are indistinguishable from wheat - to attempt to remove them when small would result in just as much wheat being lost. On the other hand, when the tares become grown, they do look different than the wheat, but by that time their root systems are so close to the wheat that removing the tares would damage the wheat. For that reason, both are permitted to grow until the time of harvest, as the Messiah further explained:
"13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
Salvation is about salvaging humanity from its self-imposed death sentence. But human beings are more than mindless wheat plants; they are living creatures that are capable of making themselves worthy to be saved by accepting the LORD's offer of salvation (see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge). That growth requires time to live a life of repentance and obedience - a life in a world rife with evil. But the LORD does not destroy all who are evil, yet, in order to give the "wheat" the time required to reach their harvest. Then, as Christ described in the parable, the "wheat" will be harvested, while the "chaff" will be burned (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what "baptism of fire" truly means.
The apostle Peter, who was among those present when Christ spoke the parable, later reiterated the lesson - and the warning.
"3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation [see Christ The Creator]. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men [see Hydrogen].
Fact Finder: What does "baptism of fire" mean in the Word of God? Is it a reward for the righteous, or is it the condemnation of the wicked?