Parables: The Wheat and the Tares

Matthew 13:24-30, 34-43

Jesus began to teach using parables. Prior to this point in His ministry He taught openly for all to hear, but most of the people didnít want to hear the truth. (Not so much different from today.) What had happened is that the Jews, for the most part, had rejected Him and His message. They had said that He did miracles by the power of Satan, not by the power of God! Note: Mt. 12:24; Mk 3:22.

He now turns His attention to a more personal and individual approach to reaching people. Only those who really wanted to hear would inquire and find the truth. Note: Mark 4:11-12. Compare with Mt. 13:15

When we look at a parable we should do three basic things:

Last week we looked at the parable of the sower which the Lord includes in three of the Gospel accounts. Tonight we will look at another parable of sowing.

This one only included in Matthewís account. It is the parable of the wheat and tares.

I. The Setting: v24-30

II. The Explanation: v34-43

III. The Application: