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. 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 into 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.
• Parable – natural story that reveals a spiritual principle. Jesus used parables to teach spiritual principles regularly.
• Three grounds that satan wants to rule: economical, political, religious.
• 2 Corinthians 4:4 identifies Satan as the “little g” god of this world. He has some authority but not greater than God.
• “World” in the New Testament comes will be derived from either “cosmos” or “eon.”
• Verses 24-25 are the essence of the parable: “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: ” Matthew 13:24-25
• Jesus describes the good seed, the world, and the children of the wicked.
• Jesus says the world is a field and the harvest that comes out of the world has to do with the seed that is sown in the world. The harvest of the world cannot change until the seed is changed.
• In Mark 4:15, it is said that Satan comes immediately to take the word that you don’t understand. Be sure to make yourself available for the word and get an understanding of what you’ve heard.
• God establishes the law of first order with Genesis 1:11: “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”
• Your harvest will be filled with whatever is being sown into it.
• We, believers, are involved in this mingling of the seed. We are wheat among tares.
• Just like natural seed has to to be sown into the ground, spiritual seed has to be sown in your heart to bring a harvest.
The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Mark 4:14-15, 20
• God has designed seed to work only when it is in the right ground. The word is the same but the right ground is your heart.
• What is being sown in your life?
• What are you allowing to be sown into your children?
• The enemy doesn’t care if you go to church, he just doesn’t want you to let the word get sown into your heart.
• The enemy knows that the word WILL change your life, IF it gets planted in your heart.
• “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23
• We have to not only hear the word, we must receive it. What you receive will reflect your harvest.
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
Matthew 18:3, 6-7
• Offense, taken from the greek word apostasy which means to take away from.
• We are living in a time of apostasy. People are being taken away from God.
• Guard against things that come to take you or your child away from God.
• You are a manager of ground, your heart, your home, your children.