Let's study nature like Christ did!
"But while men slept, his enemy came
and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 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? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.
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." Matthew 13:25-30.
What is wheat?
Wheat is one of the most common grains
grown throughout the world. It is also one of the oldest known
crops, and can grow in a wide range of soils and climates.
What is a tare or
The bearded darnel, mentioned in Matt.
13:25-30. It is the Lolium temulentum, a species of rye-grass, the
seeds of which are a strong soporific poison. It bears the closest
resemblance to wheat till the ear appears, and only then the
difference is discovered. It grows plentifully in Syria and
What are the characteristics of the
It is a deceptive plant because it
appears and looks just like the wheat You cannot visually see a
difference between the wheat and the tare(s) until the ear
appears, then they look just like the wheat, only taller. At first
glance, one might presume that the tares are actually a bigger,
healthier stalk of wheat. But when you examine the tares closely
you discover that they have no grain within them. They often
harbor seriously poisonous fungus that can even cause death
What happens when the wheat grain is
It is harvested by cutting, as with a
sickle Then it is bound together Then it goes to the threshing
floor where it is separated.
What happens when the tares are
They are separated by a fanning
that blows away the lighter and smaller seeds of the tares, and
after threshing, all seeds are shaken in a sieve. Thus any darnel
seeds still remaining will usually pass through and leave the
larger wheat behind.
What is wrong with allowing a
tare to remain that has beared its fruit in the wheat?
The inner coats of these seeds often
harbor seriously poisonous fungus growths that, if eaten by humans
or animals, will cause dizziness and vomiting and sometimes even
What is the understanding of the wheat
and the tares?
"Christ's servants are grieved as they
see true and false believers mingled in the church. They long to
do something to cleanse the church. Like the servants of the
householder, they are ready to uproot the tares. But Christ says
to them, "Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also
the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest.
"Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must
be separated from the church, but He has not committed to us the
work of judging character and motive. He knows our nature too well
to entrust this work to us. Should we try to uproot from the
church those whom we suppose to be spurious Christians, we should
be sure to make mistakes. Often we regard as hopeless subjects the
very ones whom Christ is drawing to Himself. Were we to deal with
these souls according to our imperfect judgment, it would perhaps
extinguish their last hope. Many who think themselves Christians
will at last be found wanting. Many will be in heaven who their
neighbors supposed would never enter there. Man judges from
appearance, but God judges the heart. The tares and the wheat are
to grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of
probationary time. Christ Object Lessons, p. 71.2-71.3.
- We are not to judge a persons
character and motive.
This work was not given to us. The
wheat and the tares are not easily distinguished by our eyes.
Often the tare appears stronger. We do
not know the heart, only God does! We are plainly taught by Christ
that those that persist in open sin must be separated from the
Then what is the
The tare is the product which has not
shown its true fruits yet. The real nature of the tare is hidden
from our eyes because only God knows the heart.
- 'Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets
of the heart. " Psalm 14:25.
The tare is someone that we "think"
that may be doing wrong because we see and question their
character and motives. But we are not quite sure but suspect them
to be sinning. But at the time when the tare opens up to reveal
its true fruit, then we know whether they are bearing fruits of
righteousness (that is to say, right doing) or fruits of the
What are we to with the open
sins or the sinner(s) in the church?
At that time when the tare reveals its
true fruit, then we know whether they are bearing fruits of
righteousness (that is to say, right doing of Christ Jesus) or
fruits of the enemy. It is at this time we are instructed by the
Lord to move forward to lovingly counsel with the wrong doer.
What happens if the ripen tare does
not wish to heed the counsel of God?
They will have to be removed if they
do not choose repent.
What will happen if we leave
the wrong doer in the church?
They will be mingled with the good and
their seeds of wrong doings will be planted among the harvest. If
we choose to disobey the Lord's commands and refuse to address the
open sin, the harvest may be damaged and the good may all be
corrupted by the wrongs.
True and false believers are mingled
together in the church. Sometimes the tare looks strong and looks
the healthiest too. And there are members who may appear that they
are not sincere in faith, but that would be from there appearances
based on their characters and motives and not principles of the
A character flaw is an imperfection,
such as a small scar, thick accent, dyslexia, blindness, certain
habits, etc. These things are part of our human packaging that
often stay with us through out our lives. A motive is something
that causes a person to act, such as an incentive. Motive also
causes people to do something because they are seeking a certain
result or outcome.
Within the church some members may be
ready to give up or rid themselves of certain members because of
their character and because how certain motives are perceived by
themselves. But the these members have not committed an open sin,
they are simply not looking perfect to some. And we are not to
uproot another based on their character or motives. But when a
tare reveals itself, it is by committing an open sin which is to
say that they are outwardly going against the doctrines. It is at
this time that they are no longer a tare but now an open sinner.
An open sin means to commit an act that is contrary to the
doctrines which have been established before a member(s) of the
church. A tare is a false grain that looks like the wheat grain,
while it is a tare its true nature of what it is - is hidden.
When there is an open sin, this must
be addressed and if that member of the church is unyielding to
God's tender love and directions, it is at that time the member
will be separated from the church according to the Lord's
commands, statutes and judgments, never our own. The process of
working with the tare is separation, and yet this is done with the
utmost love and concern from the depths of our hearts for we love
If we leave the open sinner uncared
for and are left to do as they will; they will be an influence for
the enemy and will plant their false seeds of truth. And if error
is repeated before our eyes, we may become blind to what truth is
and perhaps even evolve into doing error ourselves. Now if
self-blindness should happen, we should understand that we may
lose our lives as we will no longer see the straight and narrow
path. But our God is so loving and devoted as He continues to
hasten and chasten after His children so let us be prayerful and
continue to move forward to His will than ours.
"I counsel thee to buy of me gold
tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment,
that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness
do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou
mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous
therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if
any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,
and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will
I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and
am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. " Revelation