by Jerry Vines

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Is the World Getting Better or Worse? (2 of 7)
Series: What on Earth Is God Doing?
Jerry Vines
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

In Matthew 13 the Lord Jesus tells a series of parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus would take a simple story, something they could all understand and by the telling of it He would explain a great truth. We are told in verse 11 of the chapter that these stories are mysteries of the kingdom. In verse 11 he says, ''Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not. ''In the Bible a mystery is not a mystery like we use it today. It is not a ''who dun it.'' Rather a mystery in the Bible is a truth which cannot be understood unless God reveals it to us. So Jesus is saying, ''I'm going to explain some mysteries. I'm going to give you some understanding about things that are going on in the world that you may not understand. I'm going to give you the behind the scenes picture so you will really know what God is doing in the world, what on earth God is doing.''

So Jesus begins to tell this series of stories. Last Sunday morning He told us the story of the sower who went forth to sow out in the field. The seed was the Word of God. The soil was the different kinds of human hearts and how people respond to the seed of the Word of God. For this second story the Lord Jesus goes back to the field. He goes back to farming and tells another story that is quite familiar to them.

The basic story is this. There was a man who had a field and he took some good seed and sowed in the field. That night while people were asleep, the enemy of that man came he sowed some tares in the field. As the crop began to grow, the wheat and the tares began to grow together. It became apparent that someone had invaded the field and sown some bad seed. The servants came and said to the master, ''Here's what has happened, do you want us to go out and root up those tares.'' The owner said, ''No ...

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