GATHER FIRST the TARES
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Let both grow together unto the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn.” (Matt. 13:30)
The field is the world, the good seed the sons of the kingdom, the tares are the sons of wickedness. Both have grown together to maturity, and in the time of reaping, the command is given, “gather first the tares.” There are two specific Greek words used in this passage for “gather,” the first “sullego” meaning “to lay together,” that they might be bound together into bundles to be burned. But when it speaks of “gather the wheat” it uses the word “sunago” meaning to lead together.” There is a lot of difference in being laid out together for binding in bundles, and being led together into the kingdom.
Binding into bundles bespeaks of placing in restraint, take away the liberties, bind them all up with treaties and agreements, tighten the rules and regulations until every one is securely held down and placed in circumstances wherein they cannot escape, and then shall the fire fall, to consume the dross and purge the whole. All rebellion and self-will shall be dealt with, until every creature shall be thoroughly purged, and thus all
flesh shall ultimately see the salvation of the Lord.
There is much binding together these days, the ecumenical movement has not slackened its pace, but is steadily tightening its cords, and gathering up the loose ends – strange partnerships indeed, but they give and take in compromise while they forge unions which will bind them in bundles for the burning. Little do they know of the purging processes on the horizon.
But, there is also the gathering of the wheat. These are being led together into one body in Christ. They are led by the Spirit into that true oneness, both with Him who is their Head, and with that whole mystical body of which it is written. “But ye are come… to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven.” (Heb. 12:23) Amen.