Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and planted a toxic weed called darnel among the wheat and then ran away. When the wheat began to grow and started to produce grain, the darnel also grew. TJB 11:28

wheat-and-taresMost versions of the Bible translate darnel by the more generic name ‘tares’. Darnel looks very similar to wheat in its early stages but as they grow the differences become more obvious. At harvest time wheat lightens in colour and bends under the weight of its ‘fruit’ while darnel remains erect with seeds that darken in colour. Darnel is prevalent throughout the Middle East and grows at the same time wheat does. The seeds are also poisonous and can make livestock and people very sick. At this time in history it was against Roman law to sabotage anyone’s crop with darnel. So not only was this parable symbolic but it was also a real life scenario with which the people would have been very familiar.

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