Matthew 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:
He knew that it was good. It had been tested: it was unmixed: it was good throughout.
Matthew 13:25. But while men slept his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
It was a very malicious action. The thing has been done many times.
Bastard wheat was sown in among the true wheat, so as to injure the
Matthew 13:26-27. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth
fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder
came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field?
from whence then hath it tares?
We often have to ask that question. How comes this about? It was a true
gospel that was preached, from whence then come these hypocrites —these
that are like the wheat, but are not wheat? For it is not the tare that
we call a tare in England that is meant here, but a false wheat — very
like to wheat, but not wheat.
Matthew 13:28. He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.
The enemy could not do a worse thing than to adulterate the Church of
God. Pretenders outside do little hurt. Inside the fold they do much
Matthew 13:28-30. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and
gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye
root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the
harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather
ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but
gather the wheat into my barn.
The separation will be more in season, move easily and more accurately
done when both shall have been fully developed — when the wheat shall
have come to its fullness, and the counterfeit wheat shall have ripened.
Matthew 13:31-32. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took,
and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds:
Commonly known in that country.
Matthew 13:32-35. But when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and
becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the
branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of
heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three
measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. All these things spake
Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he
not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the
prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things
which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
How thoroughly impregnated our Lord was with the very spirit of
Scripture. And he ever acted as if the Scriptures were uppermost in his
mind. They seemed to be ever in their fullness before his soul.
Matthew 13:36. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him,
Those house-talks, those explanations of the great public sermons and
parables — were sweet privileges which he reserved for those who had
given their utter confidence to him.
Matthew 13:36-44. Saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the
field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is
the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children
of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The
enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are
gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this
world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do
iniquity; And shall cast them unto a furnace of fire: there shall be
wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as
the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him
hear. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a
field; the which when a man hath found,
Stumbling upon it, perhaps, when he was at the plough — turning up the old crop in which it was concealed.
Matthew 13:44. He hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Some persons do stumble upon the gospel when they are not looking for
it. “I am found of them that sought me not” is a grand free grace text.
Some of those who have been most earnest in the kingdom of heaven were
at one time most indifferent and careless, but God in infinite
sovereignty put the treasure in their way — gave them the heart to
value it, and they obtained it to their own joy.
Matthew 13:45. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
He does not stumble at it: he is seeking pearls.
Matthew 13:46-47. Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and
sold all that he had, and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is
like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Bad fish and good fish, end creeping things and broken shells, and bite
of seaweed, and pieces of old wreck. Did you ever see such an odd
assortment as they get upon the deck of a fishing vessel when they
empty out the contents of a drag net? Such is the effect of the
ministry. It drags together all sorts of people. It is quite as well
that we have not eyes enough to see one another’s hearts tonight, or
else I dare say we should make about as queer a medley as I have
already attempted to describe as being in the fisherman’s vessel.
Matthew 13:48. Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
All a mixture. We cannot sort one from the other now, but when the net
comes to shore then will be the picking over the heap. No mistakes will
be made. The good will go into vessels, and the bad, and none but the
bad, will be cast away.
Matthew 13:49-50. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall
come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just. And shall cast
them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of
Not fire, then, which annihilates, but fire which leaves in pain and causes weeping and gnashing of teeth.