Monday, March 27, 2023

Wheat vs Tare

Years ago, "kit cars" were a big craze. Basically, it's the process of replacing both interior and exterior vehicle parts  with reproduced parts which mimic another make and model. All the while, the original, internal components such as frame, engine, subassemblies, and supporting systems remain in place - without which would yield an immovable hunk of metal and electronics.


I discussed this same concept with a group of men a while back using the example of modifying a Dodge truck to resemble a Chevy - which was met with much horror. After some debate, we came to the conclusion that no matter how much one might desire the Dodge to become a Chevy, even going to extreme lengths to use genuine Chevrolet parts, when you went to work on what defines it as an automobile, you'd still find a Dodge at the core.

So, even though the driver might ride around proudly in a marvelously looking pseudo-Chevy, ultimately, he or she must acknowledge that onlookers are in fact being deceived. Likewise, the question must be asked, will the driver ultimately succumb to self-inflicted deception? I say, yes.

Spiritually speaking, the Bible warns us of impending judgement for those who practice hypocrisy and deception. Yahweh (The LORD in Hebrew) gives us insight into His view on the matter when He says that He desires that we be either hot or cold. A "lukewarm" believer, he detests and explains that He will spit them from His mouth. I'd say that's not a good thing. And, Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew), our Messiah, warns that we should beware the "leaven" of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 


We all cherish those around us who are genuine - both for the good or bad. Why? because either way, you know where you stand with such a person. Father God feels the same way with us when we're given the parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13. The difference between the two is very simple: wheat is the genuine plant while a tare is really a weed pretending to be wheat. How can you tell the difference between the two? In the parable, we're told to wait until harvest at which time, the wheat with its fruit weighing it down, will bow low, while the tare yielding no fruit will continue to stand tall and proud. 

At the time of harvest, will you be recognized as a wheat or tare? The Master can tell the difference.

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