Jesus often taught in parables
That men the truth might see,
Earthly stories with spiritual meaning
That equip for eternity.
Jesus taught about the kingdom
It was all about heaven’s plan
How God in perfect wisdom
Would bring salvation unto man.
Isaiah prophesied years before this,
That the Jews would reject the Lord
Their ears were stopped, their eyes closed
They would act with one accord.
But to the disciples, Jesus said,
To you it hath been given
To know the mysteries of the kingdom
To this end, we have striven.
He began to teach about the sower
And explained the application
That they might be fully equipped
To perform their new vocation.
A sower went forth to sow.
He used only the best of seed.
While men slept the enemy came
And sowed tares among the wheat.
Now all the seed did germinate
The wheat brought forth it’s fruit
But the servants noticed the tares
They had also taken root!
The servants inquired of the master
Did you not good seed sow?
How could these tares be growing here,
This we would like to know?
The master quickly responded
An enemy hath sown them there.
The servants wanted to pull them up
But the master said, We don’t dare!
Let them grow together ‘til harvest
Lest we do the wheat much harm.
We’ll bind the tares and burn them
The wheat we’ll put into my barn.
The disciples did not fully understand
About this whole affair
So they asked Jesus to explain
The parable of the tares.
Jesus identified the sower
He is the Son of man.
The field is the world.
That’s easy to understand.
Children of the kingdom are the good seed,
Children of the wicked one are the tares,
The devil is the enemy that sowed them
By their fruit you’ll be made aware.
Jesus went on to explain the harvest
It will be when the world shall end.
And the angels are the reapers
So far, nothing hard to comprehend.
The Son of man will send forth his angels
To gather all things that do iniquity and offends.
They’ll be cast into a fiery furnace
Where the suffering never ends.
But the righteous shall shine forth
As the brightness of the sun,
In the kingdom of their Father
They the crown of life have won!
Jesus encourages us to listen
He who hath ears, let him hear.
You too can shine forth in the kingdom
And face the harvest without fear.