#950 January 17, 1993 a.m.
(transcribed from tape)
DEALING WITH EVIL
Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
It's always good being in God's house on Sunday morning, but especially a beautiful
Sunday morning like we have today. It's a gorgeous day; a wonderful time to have
fellowship with our brothers and our sisters in Christ. Hope you have your Bible open
to Matthew, chapter number 13. Matthew 13, beginning with verse 24. Jesus is
telling stories that have a hook in them; stories that people remembered that brought
down to earth in a very practical way exactly the message of the kingdom. Matthew
"He presented another parable to them saying, 'The kingdom of heaven may be
compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. And while men were
sleeping his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went away.
And when the wheat sprang up and bore grain then the tares became evident
also. And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not
sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' And Jesus said
to them, 'An enemy has done this.' And the slaves said to him, 'Do you want
us to go and gather them up?' Jesus said, 'No, lest while you are gathering up
the tares you may root up the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together
until the harvest. And the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: First
gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up, but gather the
wheat unto my barn.' And then after a while they went inside and the disciples
asked, 'Master, what did that story mean?"'
"And Jesus left the multitudes and went into the house and his disciples came
to him saying, 'Explain to us the parable of the tares in the field.' And He
answered and said, 'The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man and
the field is the world and as the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom
and the tares are the sons of the evil one. And the enemy who sowed them is
the devil ...
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