The concept of God’s judgment has fallen out of fashion today.
To our modern ears, the concept of judgment seems unfair and — well, judgmental. We much prefer to discuss how God is a God of peace, love and unity who unites us in our diversity and overcomes the social and class barriers we erect. However, many books in both the Old and New Testament talk about God’s judgment, including the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-43).
Like the Parable of the Sower & the Seed (which immediately precedes this parable), the Parable of the Wheat & the Tares explains why Jesus’ ministry is not meeting expectations.
Since the Messiah was expected to establish his kingdom on earth and that would involve a moral cleansing, why isn’t Jesus judging Gentiles and evildoers? Why do the wicked seem to prosper alongside the righteous?
The Parable of the Wheat & Tares answers that question: God delays His judgment to give us time to respond to Him in faith — but rest assured judgment is coming.
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