I want to talk about the wheat and tares parable from Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43. I won’t get into the meaning right now because I think we’re all familiar with this. Instead I want to give a visual that perhaps might give us a greater understanding of why Jesus chose wheat and tares to distinguish between the genuine and false.
Look at the picture above and particularly the middle stalk. Do you think that is wheat or a tare? Answer: it is a baby tare yet a baby wheat stalk looks exactly the same. In fact they’re indistinguishable. The only way to tell the difference is when they both mature in the Spring.
As you can see from this picture, there is a marked difference. The tare on the left is light and lacks substance but the wheat on the right is heavy and bears fruit (grain). There are tiny black seeds inside the tares and if you eat it, it can cause dizziness and nausea. Also notice that the tare stands straight up and proud while the wheat bows from the weight of the fruit in humility. Talk about the perfect physical and spiritual contrast between the wheat and the tare. One gives life, the other kills. Those in Christ have life, and the other death.
Matt. 13:38-30 “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up’ 29”’No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest.”
This is because they both share the same root. Even if you grabbed the tare, you will also pull up the wheat. And so the farmer is to wait until the harvest to pull them up and separate them and so shall it be for us. (Note: and this is another reason why there cannot be a pre-harvest or a silent, pre-trib rapture because the bible tells us that they must both grow together until the harvest. But that’s another study.)
I found these tidbits interesting and I thought I’d share them with you. God bless.