(002) – THE DARNEL AND THE WHEAT

 

“Another parable He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; But when he was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed also darnel among the wheat, and went his way. So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the darnel appeared also. And the servants of the owner came to him and said, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have darnel shoots in it? He replied to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Then do you want us to go and weed them out? But he said, No, lest in gathering the wild wheat you root up the wheat along with it, Let them grow together until the harvest; and at the harvest time I will say to the reapers, Gather the darnel first and bind it in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my granary.” (Matt. 13:24-30).

         In this parable Jesus reveals three important truths.

  1. Darnel and wheat should remain together until the end. Jesus doesn’t want segregations.
  2. Jesus came to this world with the exact purpose ofsaving the darnel. “Jesus replied, Those who are strong have no need of physician, but those who are weak. …For I came not to call [to repentance] the righteous: but sinners.” (Matt. 9:12 and 13) “…Christ Jesus, the Messiah, came into the world to save sinners…” (1 Tim. 1:15).
  3. Jesus states that this parable holds misteries hidden since the beginning of the world  (Matt. 13:35a).

What does Jesus mean by darnel? Everything that gives reasons to scandals and everyone that commit iniquity (every kind of sin) (Matt. 13:40 and 41). According to the commandment of Jesus Christ, the church cannot exclude sinners and the peolpe que cases scandals.

And Jesus was never different, for he has always been the same! “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever”  (Heb. 13:8).

Also, the Father’s will is the same as the will of his son Jesus.

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”  (John 6:38). Since the will of the Father and the Son is the same, their works are the same. “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” (John 14:10). “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” (John 10:32). The darnel will only be judged after the end of this world (Matt. 13:37- 43).

Contrary to Jesus, Jehovah told his servants to root up the darnel. Considering that the will of the Father is the same as the will of the Son, Jehovah, being a father, would not give an opposite order. On the other hand, Jehovah is not Jesus, as Jehovah doesn’t change and the will of Jehovah is to uproot the darnel (Mal. 3:6). On the other hand, again, Jesus himself doesn’t change, and he gives orders to let the darnel stay. Let us see this:

  1. Jeovah ordered that mediums or spiritists would be stoned – Lev. 20:27.
  2. Jehovah ordered that sorcerers were stoned – Ex. 22:18.
  3. Murderers were stoned to death – Lev. 24:17.
  4. Whoever worked on a Sabbath died by stoning – Num. 15:32-36.
  5. Whoever worshipped another god or idol was condemned to death – Deut. 13:6-10, 17:1-5.
  6. A woman who lost her virginity outside the marriage bonds was stoned – Deut. 22:13-21.
  7. Adultery was punished with death – Deut. 22:22, Lev. 20:10.
  8. A rebellious child, disobedient and stubborn, was delivered by his own father to be stoned, by Jehova’s command – Deut. 21:18-21.

All the examples given prove that Jehovah rooted up the darnel giving no opportunity for repentance. This was a religion of terror and violence. Fear ruled, instead of faith, following that the beginning of wisdom was fear (Prov. 9:10).

Nevertheless, Jehovah did worse than uproot the darnel without a chance of repentance, he gathered the wheat together with the darnel. When Achan sinned, his wife and his innocent sons and daughters were condemnd with him (Josh. 7:24-25).

In the case of Datham and Abiran that rebeled agains Moses, women and children also died (Num 16:27-33). Children are not guilty, though. The problem of Jehovah is to destroy, to kill, rooting up darnel and wheat yet unripe. It is the same Jehovah who says that, confessing that he is an unjust God: And the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, and speak against the sanctuaries, and prophesy against the land of Israel; and say to the Land of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am against you; and I shall draw My sword out of its sheat and cut off from out the righteous and the wicked. Because I shall cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword shall go forth from its sheat against all flesh from south to north”’” (Ezek. 21:1a 4).

Jehovah, though, did worse than gather the wheat with the darnel, that is to gather the wheat alone, just for the pleasure od killing. David built a tent for the ark of Jehovah, which was in the house of  Abinadab. The  oxen upset the cart that carried the ark and it was falling. Uzza, with zeal for his God, put out his hand to hold the ark. Jehovah, irate, struck him down without pity. What was Uzza’s sin? Zeal for the Jehovah who uproots the wheat.

Uprooting the wheat is not the worse he does, yet. Jehovah makes darnel to kill, afterwards. It was Jehovah who hardened the heart of Pharao for him to oppress Israel – Ex. 4:21. After the plagues, Pharao’s heart softened and he would call Moses to let the people go, but Jehovah hardened it again. Poor pharao, that died with his armies because darnel was made. For eleven times we read that Jehovah hardened Pharao (Ex. 4:21; 7:3; 9:12,35; 10:1,20,27; 11:10; 14:4,8).

The people of Israel, destroyed by Jehovah, cried out to him with these words: “Why, O Lord, dost Thou cause us to stray from Thy ways, and harden our hearts from fearing Thee?”

When an Israelite consulted a prophet, Jehovah persuaded the prophet to deceive him, then Jehovah killed the israelite. This is the mystery of the making of the darnel (Ezek. 14:7-10).

Jesus, that does the will of the Father, doesn’t root up the darnel, because the Father wants everyone to be saved – 1 Tim. 2:3,4. Jesus secures the wheat by letting the darnel grow. And also, Jesus doesn’t make the darnel to destroy it. Jesus and the Father only save, having nothing to do with the works of Jehovah, the God of this world, that blinds people so that they don’t see their own wicked works. The aplostle Paul in his pharisaic zeal was darnel, but was converted to Jesus, getting to be pure wheat – Acts 22:3 and 4. If Paul was zealous of God, he didn’t have to be converted to Christ. This proves that Jehovah was a false God.

By Pastor Olavo S. Pereira

 

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