Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed 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 grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” …… (Matthew 13: 24-30)
And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”…….. (Matthew 13:36-43)
In the parable, Jesus portrays himself as a man who sows good seeds in his field. He explains that the field is the world. Notice He didn’t say the field is Israel.
“This brief statement presupposes a mission beyond Israel.” (Carson).
He was speaking of his global mission. But didn’t Jesus come only to Israel? Yes, Jesus came TO Israel (His immediate ministry) but he came FOR the world (His ultimate mission).
Next, notice that Jesus said, “a man who sowed good seed in his field.” Whose field? HIS! He owned the field! Jesus is claiming to be God, for no man or prophet would dare to make the claim that the world belongs to him.
Jesus called the good seeds that he sowed in the world, “sons of the kingdom.” Who are these? These are, of course, His followers, the children of God. Muslims claim that they are followers of Jesus but Jesus Himself disqualifies Muslims because Islam teaches you that you are not sons but slaves.
Muslims have also been trained to ask, “Where are you called Christians in the Bible?” Answer in Acts 11:26 ; 1 Peter 4:16, etc. but if Muslims are not comfortable calling us “Christians”, you can us by the name Jesus gave us – “sons of the kingdom.”
Then the parable takes a sinister turn in the story. An enemy comes and sowed tares in the midst of the field. What are tares? Tares are weeds.
“The weeds are probably darnel, a poisonous plant related to wheat and virtually indistinguishable from it until the ears form.” (France)
Jesus said, the enemy who sows the tares, is satan. He plants his followers, religious counterfeits, who might look like the sons of the kingdom but in reality, they are sons of the wicked one. While the good seeds grow into wheat, the bad seeds become WEEDS and grow among the wheat.
Weeds grow fast. Isn’t it interesting that Muslims claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion? No surprises because that is what weeds do.
What happens in the end?
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (Matt 13:40-43)
Notice also whose angels are sent? His angels. Even the angels belong to Jesus.
The sons of the kingdom will shine in the kingdom of their Father.