Matthew 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
The parable of the Sower
13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
This is explained in v 18. The term “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” means that all who hear will not understand; the understanding is for the called out who have repented and are filled with God’s Spirit, faithfully obeying the commandments and growing in knowledge as they follow the lead of that Spirit.
Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
The wise are those who keep God’s commandments with passionate zeal; they shall understand. The wicked are those who compromise and tread on God’s commandments, tolerating sin out of a phony kind of false love. They shall NOT understand the things of God for they will not follow his spirit nor accept his truth.
Daniel 9:4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
9:5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded [focused on the physical] is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh [who are worldly] cannot please God.
If we are focused on the physical, which is our own ways and pleasures, we cannot please God! To please God we must focus on him and become like him through diligently internalizing the very nature of God.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you [the zealous to KEEP the Word of God] to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Understanding of God’s Word is withheld from those who have no zeal to keep God’s Word and instead follow their own idols of men and false traditions.
13:12 For whosoever hath [a zeal to learn of God and to Keep God’s ways], to him shall be given [the zealous “Doers of the law” shall grow in godliness and increase in spiritual understanding], and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not [Those who have no zeal to learn or to KEEP the Word of God, will lose God’s Spirit and all the understanding that they had had before their falling away], from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Again this points to a healing of the spirit through sincere repentance and the application of the Passover sacrifice of Christ. Only those who are called and converted, and who are passionately keeping all of God’s commandments, and following the lead of God’s Spirit, fully internalizing the nature of Jesus Christ; only those who are diligently seeking understanding of the things of God; will understand!
That is NOT about those who believe that they know it all and have need of nothing. They cannot understand; for they will NOT seek out the truth. Only the DOER, the HUMBLE SEEKER shall find!
13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Those people in the first century who were looking for and seeking Messiah at his first coming: FOUND HIM!
Those who were not zealous for the Word of God and for the prophets, thereby understanding the times and expecting and searching for him: DID NOT recognize him! So it is at this later day!
Finding him, they were taught the miraculous way to salvation.
In this latter day there is much that has been forgotten or has been sealed until the end; which Christ is now revealing to his servants.
These things are hidden from the self-willed and the ignorant who profess themselves wise; and are understood by the humble seeker after truth. For at the end time, Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
The Explanation of the parable of the Sower
Matthew 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
First the uncalled who hear the Word
13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Then the person who lacks commitment
They may not have understood the price that they will be required to pay and will NOT be prepared to lose a home, family or friends; or will not be prepared to suffer persecution and death for this way.
13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
Then the ones who fall to the temptation of worldly pleasures
13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
Now comes those who maintain their zeal for Christ and God the Father, and remains grafted into the true vine of Christ
13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
How de we bear fruit? By repentance from sin, by SEEKING the things of God, by FOLLOWING the lead of God’s Spirit, and by diligently and fearlessly applying what we learn! Then our knowledge and understanding will multiply and we will become what God has in mind for us.
It is important to understand that the following is a different parable from the Parable of the Sower above, making a different point. Therefore the meaning of the symbols is different.
13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
13:30 Let both grow 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.
This parable is explained in verse 36, but first
Matthew 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
God’s ways start with a small initial gift of God’s Spirit of understanding; then WE must USE that Spirit and follow its lead; increasing our understanding through learning and living by every Word of God. We are to grow from an initial tiny bit of faith and conversion into mighty people of God!
13:33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
In this case the leaven is used as a picture of growth and multiplying, an example of an increase of the Spirit in us; as we follow it and use it.
How Do We Know if a Spirit is of God?
The will of God is expressed in his Word and commandments; which are the very nature of God in writing.
God’s Spirit is the very nature of God.
The Spirit of God CANNOT go contrary to the very nature of God; therefore any spirit that compromises with sin, or that tolerates sin: Is NOT of God; and is by necessity against Christ being the spirit of anti-Christ!
If any person, or any spirit; permits or tolerate sin without rebuke; they are contrary to God and contrary to Christ: They are anti God and anti Christ!
13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ the ONLY way to salvation. Jesus Christ the ONLY Mediator between God the Father and mankind.
Repentance, forgiveness for repented sin, the covering sacrifice of Christ reconciling mankind to God the Father; followed by an empowerment to overcome sin; with the very nature of Christ and the Father, given to dwell within us through the Spirit of the Father and of Christ: IS the way into the Kingdom of God, the way of salvation! That is the true Gospel that Christ taught and commanded us to teach.
The true Gospel is NOT ONLY about some Kingdom which may or may not come in our lifetime: It is about the WAY INTO THAT KINGDOM! The true Gospel is about defining SIN, and warning to repent of sin!
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.
The Parable of the Tares of V 24-29 Explained
Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
The good wheat is the faithful Children of Light! The Good Seed in this world is the Word of God! The Tares are the unconverted who are scattered among the wheat, who look just like the wheat but bear no spiritual fruit! This is not about the obviously wicked worldly, it is about those who have a appearance of godliness but do not have any fruits of godliness; about those who give lip-service to God but do not have the works of godliness, which is living by every Word of God!
Faith without works is dead (James 2:17, James 2:20) and those who will not live by every Word of God are spiritually dead even though they may appear superficially spiritual!
If we do NOT LIVE and proclaim the very Word of God, keeping all of the commandments of God without compromise; we are NOT the wheat sprouted from the Good Seed of the Word of God [the Children of Light]; we are NOT doing as Christ did and as He commanded us to do, which is to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4); we are the BAD SEED of tares! We are tares or apostates.
No, the True Jesus Christ will NOT tolerate sin! Jesus will cast all unrepentant willful sinners into the furnace of tribulation, and if they still will not sincerely repent they will be cast into the Gehenna fire of final total destruction.
13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
At the end of the age, Jesus Christ will separate the tares from the wheat. At the resurrection of the first fruits, Christ will raise up the zealous faithful who have followed him in all things diligently; regardless of trials, persecutions or death. While those who compromise with God’s commandments; who tolerate sin; who reject preaching a Gospel of warning and repentance: Will NOT be changed to spirit in the first fruits resurrection.
This parable does not teach tolerating sinful acts out of a false love; it is about the fact that the tares cannot be identified until their fruits are seen.
Besides the tares that look like the faithful; there are also many outright thorns and briers who have no zeal for keeping the Word of God. Once the ungodly are revealed by their false teachings and willful sin: They are to be removed!
1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Like the ancient Corinthians, today’s Ekklesia have become proud of their tolerance of sin: especially of their spiritual fornication with idols of men to follow them instead of zealously following the Word of God
5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Indeed if we do tolerate sin among us; we are tolerating the pollution of the body of Christ; and God will NOT hold us guiltless!
We are to reject all sinful persons from the body of the faithful saints; who remain unrepentant after several admonitions.
Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
Brethren, the saints are not to judge those not of the body, for outsiders are NOT under the authority of the body [the head being Christ] and cannot be put out of that which they are not inside.
The saints are COMMANDED to judge those who are of [inside] the body, and to reject and cast the sinful OUT of the body. This is to protect the body and in the hope that the wicked will repent.
Cleansing the body of the obviously wicked willfully sinful; makes the body [Ekklesia] into a shining light of righteous example for the world.
Matthew 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine [zealous KEEPERS of every Word of God] forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Spiritual understanding and eternal life are worth more that all physical things put together, for we know that all things physical will pass away, including our own physical lives.
13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
We are to seek and value our salvation and our potential to enter God’s eternal Kingdom as of more value and worth than all that physically exists! Instead many of us have NOT valued the birthright of our calling and have sold the birthright of our calling for minor personal pleasures and desires! Even taking our own pleasures on God’s Holy Sabbath and compromising and willfully sinning against the Word of God.
Today we tolerate sin, saying that God is love and will understand and forgive; forgetting that only the sincerely repentant who commit to: “Go and sin NO more” will receive forgiveness!
Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own [eternal life] soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
If our deeds are godly and we exalt the things and Word of God; the reward will be great. If we are focused on personal pleasures and worldly things, we have had our reward.
The bad [the willfully unrepentant habitual sinner] shall be cast aside to destruction; while the zealous to LEARN and KEEP the whole Word of God will have the atoning sacrifice of Christ applied to them and they will be saved.
Matthew 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 13:48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
God casts his net, calling many; and then separates the good from the bad according to their faithful keeping of his commandments and their passionate internalizing of his very nature.
Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
Matthew 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
13:51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
Scribes were the copiers of the scriptures.
The spiritually called out are to be scribes instructed in the spirit as well as the letter of the laws of the Kingdom of God; copying the scriptures into their hearts and minds, writing them there and fully internalizing every Word of God in the hearts of the faithful forever.
The things of God are to be like the precious things of a household that have been worked for and are treasured above all else.
13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Every person well instructed in the teachings of Jesus Christ; has a great treasure of the things of God.
13:53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
In his own city the people thought; “did we not watch this person growing up; and now this upstart wants to teach us?”
13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 13:55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
A prophet has respect from many but not much respect in his own neighborhood, because they are too used to thinking of him as a little child that they had been teaching.
13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.