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Wheat and Tares in Real Life

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in blog links | 8 comments

Wheat and Tares in Real Life

I love object lessons. I mean, I learn so much more when I see something real and tangible. I think most of us are like that. Perhaps that’s why Jesus seems to have pointing out things along his path and used them to teach his followers. Perhaps that’s why he would do something and tell others to follow his example.

Josh at “Called to Rebuild” talks about just this sort of object lesson in his post “What my job teaches me about the wheat and the tares.”

First, Josh tells us that he’s a landscaper, so he’s very familiar with both “wheat” and “tares.” In his story, flowers are the “wheat,” and weeds are the “tares.”

Josh has a some things to say about Jesus’ parable. For example, “the field” is not the church regardless of how many people use this parable in that way. Also, he reminds us that removing the “tares” was to be left up to the Lord, not to overzealous gardeners. (This reminds of Jude’s letter, and what he told his readers to do about all of those false teachers that he warned them about – see Jude 1:20-23.)

But, I really wanted to point out this part of Josh’s post:

Today while cleaning out that customer’s bed I accidentally pulled up a lily along with the weed I was trying to rid her landscape of. This is a very real possibility when pastors, teachers, and otherwise well-intentioned leaders try to do the Lord’s work of dividing the tares from the wheat. We’re just not very good at it. I’ve yet to meet the minister who constantly harps upon false teaching, watching out for wolves, etc., who doesn’t invariably pull up a few good plants along with the tares he may succeed in rooting out.

Ah, yes. I’ve probably been guilty of pulling up a few lilies myself. How much better it would have been if I had left things in the Lord’s hands. Of course, that would require love, patience, forgiveness, grace, etc. on my part…


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  1. 3-23-2012

    I had a discussion with a guy the other day regarding the field not being the church (the other guy insisting it was) and his argument boiled down to “Well Calvin thought the field was the church” which was followed by a *facepalm* by me.

  2. 3-23-2012

    It COULD be true that the wheat and tares reside in each and every soul.

    God bless.


    P.S. No one person is perfect. We all have tares. We are all rebels.

  3. 3-23-2012

    Good one, Arthur! How silly of you to think the scriptures would ever contradict Calvin. 😉

  4. 3-23-2012


    Well, there ya go.


    Yes, it could.




  5. 3-23-2012

    Maybe this will help.

    Matthew 13:38
    The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

  6. 3-27-2012


    It seems obvious, doesn’t it?


  7. 12-10-2012

    A member that goes the church that I used to attend and I am also a member of this church. She got mad at me, because she expressed her feeling on a bad sitution that is happening in the church. I feel like our preacher is dividing our church. An example of this when he gets in the bull pit to preach, he start preaching and then he look out in the congregation an say if you don’t like what I am saying then just leave and never come back. Also this preacher has bad temper and even tho he tries to control it, it’s still very ugly at times. The member that I talked about in the begining of this comments got up set and told me that God was dividing the wheat from the tares. The way she put was she was saying that I was the tare and she was the wheat. This was very up setting to me.

  8. 12-11-2012


    I’m sorry to hear that this is happening to you. I agree that the people you mentioned are misinterpreting the wheat and tares parable. Of course, that doesn’t really help you, unfortunately. I can tell you that God is interested in bringing his family together, not seeing them separate.