Sun am 19 April 2009 Kobus Swart
Matt. 13:24-30; (Luke 8:10); (Mark 4:14); (Luke 8:5);(Matt. 13:5-8);
(Rev. 3:15-16); (1 King 18:21); (Jas. 5:12);(2 Cor. 11:14-15); (Rev. 3:7);
(Prov. 23:23); (Matt. 23:25-26);(2 Cor 3:3)
The 7 parables in Matthew 13 are known as parables of the Kingdom. Jesus uses parables for a specific reason; He wanted to explain the mysteries of the Kingdom. Whenever the Gospel of the Kingdom is being preached and proclaimed Biblically like it should, Satan will try to add his own contaminated seeds. “Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away’” (Matt. 13:24-25). A more accurate word for “tares” is “zewan”.
Listen carefully how clever the devil is – while they are sleeping, he sows his seed! The word of the Kingdom being preached is compared to a man sowing seed. This zewan looks exactly like the seed of wheat; you don’t see the difference; but when full grown, the ears are long and the grains are black. Each of these grains must be removed before grinding the wheat or the bread will be bitter and poisonous. This has serious implications for the gospel of the Kingdom. Whenever the Word of the Kingdom is being preached, these rhema words hit you. When it is spoken by impartation, you’re not just hearing sounds. There’s something impacting your mind and heart. Oftentimes, this is when even believers’ thoughts drift away from the Word, and the enemy sows his thoughts into their minds. When you are sitting under the sound of a living word, stay focused and receive the impartation. Do not allow the good seed to be mixed with tares, other thoughts, lies of the enemy.
In Revelation, the Lord says to one of the seven churches that they are neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm – mixture of cold and hot. God says rather be cold, preferably be hot, but please don’t be lukewarm. Don’t sit here like a “churchgoer”. If you do not stay focused, the enemy quickly sows his seed. What happens? Matt. 13:26-27 “But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’”
The disciples were in a hurry to remove the tares, but Jesus said to them, stop! Wait! What would happen if they went in and pulled out all the tares? They would also pull out some of the wheat. Why would the wheat be pulled out with the tares?
Because the root system has become intertwined. The only way to deal with it then is to wait for the harvest. “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn'” (Matt. 13:29-30).
Satan is not a manufacturer, he is not an original, but he knows how to thwart the plan of God. He can pollute and contaminate the seed. He is the father of lies. It’s the only way he works. Satan cannot create anything but he can influence something with the lying spirit. The gospel of the Kingdom is going to be declared now more intensely and with greater anointing than ever before in the Church. This 21st century is the century for the gospel of the Kingdom. So we can expect great activity from the enemy.
Another sign of mixture is when Elijah stood before the priests of Baal , summoned the whole nation to the mountain and asked, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions?” (1Kings 18:21). This is where lukewarm Christianity is. The bible says “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’.”
What does it mean if we talk about a religious spirit? Satan is a religious spirit. He is like the angel of light; his ministries as ministers of righteousness. He will come to you with a very reasonable facsimile.It sounds the same, but is not the same. So mixture is the thing that the enemy is going to try and do.We need to discern the truth.The Bible says, “Buy the truth and sell it not”.
When Jesus died on the cross He ended mixture.He saw mixture in the Pharisees. The cup on the outside was clean but on the inside it was full of mud. The Pharisees knew the truth literally by the letter but they failed to walk in it and they produced a mixture called religion. God wants us, because of the finished works of Jesus, to walk in purity in singleness of eye, undistracted, so that we can become living epistles to a world that desperately needs to see the Word having become flesh in the workplace, in the schools, wherever you are; manifest purity.Christianity has become mixed.The world has become skeptical, because it does not see Christianity in action.
Lord, deliver us from mixture!