"So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. "The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. "Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
Insights: The conclusion of the parable on judgment is completed with today’s verses and last explanations. For those who are weeds, children of Satan, they will be harvested and cast into the furnace of fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. People think they're going to be in hell and everything is going to be fine. They're going to be with their friends and they'll love it down there and this verse tells us that not only is hell a fire, but it tells us what the reaction is going to be – grinding teeth and piercing shrieks. In other words, hell is going to be painful, eternal, inevitable, and inescapable judgment. It is not going to be a party at all and the love of God, along with His mercy and grace, will be removed from those who will reside there for all eternity. There is, however, a different ending for the wheat of this parable. Those who are children of the kingdom, those born again, those who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, will be harvested to shine forth with His righteousness as brilliant as the sun. The last part of verse forty-three gives us the application point of this parable. It simply means you had better listen up and ask yourself the question, “Am I wheat?” Are you a child of the kingdom, or are you a child of the enemy? If you're a child of the enemy, then listen. This mysterious church age is a time of patience, this is a time of grace, but judgment is inevitable, eternal, and painful. You better check yourself and you had better listen to the warning of the parable. You may be saying, “But I'm not a weed, I'm wheat.” Then you had also better listen to this parable. You're to coexist in this world and you're to influence the world for good, and not be influenced by it. You are not to be the judge, but you are to personally share the gospel with the lost.
- Will you be one who is burned up at the harvest?
- Will you shine like the sun with His righteousness?
Prayer: Father, give me an ear to hear what Your Spirit has to say to me. Let my life truly shine forth like the sun and may many weeds be turned into wheat as a result of Your work in me. Amen.