MAY 10 - Proverbs 10 and Matthew 13:24-30

MAY 10 - PROVERBS 10:25 and MATTHEW 13:24-30
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more; but the righteous is an everlasting foundation."
Proverbs 10:25

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"Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which soweth good seed in his field; 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 thou not 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 up 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 13:24-30

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Illustration with 10: The #1 creates a basic wheat shaft and the non # 0 just can't be made to look like a wheat shaft no matter how hard you try. Stick a few hanging wheat heads on it and it still doesn't pass the test. The wheat and the tares will grow up and be together, for a time, but be divided in their end. God isn't fooled by the old game of mimicry. He knows who are His and who are not.
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For a limited time only ... is a marketing strategy designed to prompt people into making a hasty reach for their wallet; it suggests that the sale is going to be temporary and only made available in a specified time frame.
Interestingly, this parable and Proverb are an assertion of this temporal marketing strategy. The righteous and the unrighteous are allowed to grow up together but ... for a limited time only.
God, in His mercy, lovingkindness, and wisdom allows for the wheat and tares, seeds and weeds, genuine and imitation, real and unreal, true and false, saved and unsaved, to all grow up together on this earth.
He allows the sun to rise and the rain to fall on both the good and the evil ... and in doing so paints a picture of His grace and tender compassion on all of mankind.
What He allows suggests His complete and sovereign control over every living thing that He has made.
What He allows suggests that He is giving as much time as possible tor "turning and repentence" to happen ... for the Scripture testifies that He is not willing that any should perish, and yet He knows that many will.
Even though He knows that many will, He loves them anyway;
And He offers them His word, His salvation, and an eternity.
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We have a tendency to fret over the tares because it all seems unfair and difficult.
But God's plans are infinitely good and His will, will prevail, both now and in the time to come. Separation will come at the last and there will be no confusion between the sheep and the goats, the wheat and the tares.
Occupy your soul with a simple trust in the sovereign wisdom and compassion of God who takes care of both wheat and tare ... in His time.
Pray for wisdom against deception and grace to see truth.
Remember that earth is for a limited time only;
Heaven is forever.
God be praised.
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Your compassion, loving Father, makes you distinctly different from all others. Grant that Your tenderness would fill me, Your gentleness would quiet me, and your holiness would transform me. Allow me to grow strong and healthy in grace ... and grant me wisdom to divide and discern matters on earth rightly.
Draw me nearer to Yourself and let me learn to love You with a deeper intensity and a more intentional pursuit.
For all that lasts beyond the temporal ... and for a Kingdom which endures forever;

 I give You thanks.
Amen.
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THREE QUESTIONS:
1) How do you distinguish between a wheat and a tare; the real and unreal?
2) What message in this parable presents itself to "you" personally and where does it challenge you?
3) Of the unsaved in your midst ... who are you extending grace to?