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"Let both of them grow together until the harvest."
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
Mat 13:24 He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;
The Parable of the Tares Explained
Mat 13:36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field."
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
[Mat 3:24] The Parables of Jesus Christ (see chart).
(vv. 24-30) This parable illustrates another aspect of the truth of vv. 3-9 (cf. vv. 36-43). The "field" (v. 24) is the world, not the church (v. 38), and the "harvest" (v. 30) is the end of the world (vv. 38, 39). Those who have responded to the good news of God's present reign in Jesus' Person and those who have not, "the tares," the sons of the Evil One, live together in the world until the end of the age. To contemporary Judaism, this came as a stunning proclamation, since they assumed the coming of the kingdom of God would mean the destruction of the wicked.
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