PowerMinistries logo

Separating the bad from the good.

Alpha & Omega logo
Home / teachings / parables / good & bad
Matthew 13:24-30
the wheat and the tares
Matthew 13:47-50
The dragnet
24He put out another parable to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel among the wheat and went his way. 26But when the blade had sprung up and had produced fruit, then the darnel also appeared. 27So the servants of the householder came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then where have the darnel come from? 28He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Then do you want us to go and gather them up? 29But he said, No, lest while you gather up the darnel you also root up the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. And in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather together the darnel and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my granary.
47Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered some of every kind; 48which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. 49So it shall be at the end of the world. The angels shall come out and separate the wicked from among the just, 50and shall cast them into the furnace of fire. There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
  • Jesus explained the wheat and the tares to His disciples Matthew 13:37-43.
    • He who sows the good seed is the Son of God and the seeds are the sons of the kingdom.
    • He who sows the bad seed is the devil and the seeds are the sons of the wicked one.
    • The field is the world.
    • The harvest is the end of the age.
    • And the reapers are the angels.
  • The parable of the dragnet makes it clear that there are both wicked and just in this world.