The Parable of the Enemy who sowed Tares

Matthew 13:24–43 — Andrew Fountain: Nov 24, 2013

Matthew 13:24–43

  1. He presented them with another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field.
  2. But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went away.
  3. When the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the tares also appeared.
  4. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the tares come from?’
  5. He said, ‘An enemy has done this.‘so the servants replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’
  6. But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the tares you may uproot the wheat with them.
  7. Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the tares and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

  1. He gave them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field.
  2. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest garden plant and becomes a tree, so that the wild birds come and nest in its branches.”
  3. He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen.”
  4. Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds; he did not speak to them without a parable.
  5. This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet:
    “I will open my mouth in parables,
    I will announce what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

  1. Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares in the field.”
  2. He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.
  3. The field is the world and the good seed are the people of the kingdom. The tares are the people of the evil one,
  4. and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
  5. As the tares are collected and burned with fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
  6. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everything that causes sin as well as all lawbreakers.
  7. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  8. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The one who has ears had better listen!

Version: based on NET


Image source: Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm

“Satan Sowing”

Image source: Felicien Rops


  1. What power does the enemy have?
  2. What are his tactics?
  3. How does he attack Kingdom work?
  4. How do we recognize him?
  5. How do we respond?

1. What power does the enemy have?

2. What are his tactics?

  1. But after turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.”
  1. “Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat,
  2. but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. When you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

3. How does he attack Kingdom work?

“Keith Green”

Image source: Last Days Ministries

3b. Stirs up enemies

He is a defeated enemy

  1. Then the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name!”
  2. So he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (Luke 10)

5. How do we respond?

  1. Take courage, he is defeated!
  2. Recognize his lies
  3. Recognize his attempt to cause disunity
  4. Pray!
  5. Don’t fight him alone

Updated on 2013-12-23 by Andrew Fountain