Diagram of the whole winter wheat plant below.
Catherine the Great invited farmers from Holland into Russia in the 1700's who brought with them, the red winter wheat. This particular plant made the Ukraine, in Russia, "The breadbasket of the world". When these farmers were driven out during the Russian Revolution, they brought their technology to the United States, which then became "The breadbasket of the world".
Notice the extensive root structure!
Tares are only found mentioned in Matthew Chapter 13. The Greek word for tare is zizanion, and its seeds are poisonous causing dizziness or even death if swallowed. Today, we call this plant the bearded darnel (lolium temulentum), and it is very common in the Near East. It looks much like a wheat plant until you start to see the grain forming in the head. Even today, darnel is left in the field until the harvest (Father Knows Best!) and then it is separated at the winnowing of the wheat. The grain of the tares is smaller and lighter than the wheat, and is blown away with the chaff. And then the farmer uses a sieve to completely remove the remainder of the tares from the wheat.
Matthew 13:24-30 says,
24) "Another parable He put forth unto them, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field:
25) But while men slept, His enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26) But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27) So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didn't you sow good seed in the field? How then does it have tares?
28) He said to them, an enemy has done this. The servants said unto him, do you want us to to go and gather them?
29) But He said, No lest while you gather up the tares, you root up the wheat along with them.
30) Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, 'Gather together the tares first, and bind them into bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into My barn."
Matthew 13:36-43 says,
36) "Then Jesus sent the multitudes away and went into the house and His disciples came to Him saying, declare unto us the parable of the Tares of the field.
37) He answered, and said unto them, He that sowes the good seed is the Son of man;
38) The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one.
39) The enemy that sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels.
40) As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41) The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those do iniquity (lawlessness).
42) And shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43) then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Do you see the remarkable resemblance of the wheat, having 3 parts, and we also are comprised of 3 parts - spirit soul and body!
I Thessalonians 5:23 says, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
We are likened to a grain of wheat,
which has 3 components: the germ, the endosperm, and on the outside the bran, which also contains the chaff.
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