Mattityahu 13 – Darnels and Wheat – Which are you?
The famous parable of the “Wheat and the Darnel/tares,” was an attempt by Yahushua the Messiah to explain the greater mysteries of the Kingdom of Yahweh to those who were able to hear. We will explore Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:24-30 and attempt to shed some light on the mysteries of the Kingdom:
Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:24-30:
(24) He set another parable before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field,
– The “man” here is Yahushua himself, the word made flesh spoken of in Yochanan (John) Chapter 1. It is through Him that all things were made – through the express work of Yahweh’s Word:
Yochanan (John) 1:1-3, 14:
(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.
(2) The same was in the beginning with Elohim.
(3) All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
(14) The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his esteem, such esteem as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of favor and truth.
– The “good seed” is the Seed of the Woman, found in Beresheit (Genesis), which bears good fruit and keeps the word and testimony of Yahweh:
Beresheit (Genesis) 3:15: I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”
– “His field” is the land, the Earth in which He made His creation. As stated in another study, Yahweh made His creation “tov” which in Hebrew means “functional” and is often translated as “good.” It was made perfectly for His purposes and intentions, to exist in perfect harmony with each other. As we will see, this didn’t last long because of the will of violent men and the temptation of sin.
(25) but while people slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel also among the wheat, and went away.
– The “enemy” is the Adversary – HaSatan (which in Hebrew literally means “Adversary”) and the “darnel” is the “Seed of the serpent” also referenced in Genesis 3:15. The seed of the serpent can be the misleading and false glamour of sin – Beresheit (Genesis) 4:7: “If you do well, will it not be lifted up? If you don’t do well, sin crouches at the door. Its desire is for you, but you are to rule over it.” It can also be evil men or false leaders/prophets leading Yahweh’s people astray: Mattityahu (Matthew) 7:15: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.
(26) But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the darnel appeared also.
– Also found in Mattityahu 7 is the understanding of good and evil fruit:
Mattityahu (Matthew) 7:16-20:
(16) By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
(17) Even so, every good tree produces good fruit; but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit.
(18) A good tree can’t produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.
(19) Every tree that doesn’t grow good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire.
(20) Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.
– This is why we, in the Body of the Messiah, are supposed to be “fruit inspectors” – by each person’s fruit we will know their heart and spirit. This is why vigilance and accountability are so important amongst the Body, we must be accountable in both edification and reproof amongst the brethren to build the body and rid it of “bad fruit”- for every tree bearing bad fruit will be cast into the fire.
(27) The servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where did this darnel come from?’
– The answer to the first question of the servants is Yes – remember Genesis 1:31 – Beresheit (Genesis) 1:31: “Elohim saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good (“tov me’ode”). There was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” The seed and all that He created on the face of the Earth was “good” and fully functional to His specifications.
– The answer to the second question is that it existed since the Garden of Eden and every day after. Even the destruction by the Great Flood during the times of Noach (Noah), which decimated man, beast, creeping creature, bird, and plant alike, did not stop violence and corruption from being re-established on the Earth.
(28) “He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them up?’
– Patience and waiting is the key to understanding the response in the next verse. Several times we are instructed to wait and do not despair at the “apparent” prospering of the wicked:
Tehellim (Psalms) 37:7-9:
(7) Rest in Elohim, and wait patiently for him. Don’t fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen.
(8) Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Don’t fret, it leads only to evildoing.
(9) For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for Elohim shall inherit the land.
Tehellim (Psalms) 37:34: Wait for Elohim, and keep his way, And he will exalt you to inherit the land. When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
Mishlé (Proverbs) 20:22: Don’t say, “I will pay back evil.” Wait for Elohim, and he will save you
(29) “But he said, ‘No, lest perhaps while you gather up the darnel, you root up the wheat with them.
– To understand this verse fully, let’s look at Yahushua’s parable of the sower in this very chapter:
Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:3-9:
(3) He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, “Behold, a farmer went out to sow.
(4) As he sowed, some seeds fell by the roadside, and the birds came and devoured them.
(5) Others fell on rocky ground, where they didn’t have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of eretz.
(6) When the sun had risen, they were scorched. Because they had no root, they withered away.
(7) Others fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and choked them:
(8) and others fell on good soil, and yielded fruit: some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.
(9) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
– And His interpretation to the Talmidim (Apostles):
Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:18-23:
(18) “Hear, then, the parable of the farmer.
(19) When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside.
(20) What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it;
(21) yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
(22) What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
(23) What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most assuredly bears fruit, and brings forth, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.”
(30) Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First, gather up the darnel, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”
– Only when both are fully mature can you see the fullness of the fruit of each (see the image above) – The seed of the Women, if faithful and true and upright in the path of righteousness, will bear good fruit that is pleasing to the sight of Yahweh our Elohim; and the seed of the Serpent will bear evil fruit which is bound and cast into the fiery pit. Both will pass through the fire – one will be refined and strengthened and the other will be utterly destroyed and consumed.
Of which seed are you? Do you want to be gathered up first, as the false shepherds preach through a doctrine of “rapture”? Do you want to pass through the refiner’s fire and come out strengthened and renewed? These questions are for you to answer! Search out the Face of your Creator and seek out His Truth. I pray that this brief study has been challenging to you and your spiritual walk of faith. May Yahweh refine you and mold you into a vessel to magnify His esteem and gather you up as wheat into His storehouse as His treasured possession. Yahweh Bless and Keep You.