October 19, 2011
Phonetic Spelling: (dziz-an’-ee-on)
Definition: spurious wheat, darnel; a plant that grows in Palestine which resembles wheat in many ways but is worthless. 2215 zizánion (plural, tares/zizania) – a tare (darnel); (figuratively) a pseudo-believer (false Christian); a fruitless person living without faith from God and therefore is “all show and no go!”
On our Monday Meditation this week we read the scripture Matthew 13:30:
Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.
For years when hearing this passage taught, I saw the people of the world who were obviously on the enemies side mixed in with those of us who called ourselves Christians. I thought that they were not removed to give them time to learn about Jesus and how He has died just so that they too could have abundant life. To give them time to learn just how much He loved them.
But when I began to study this deeper I learned that the word tare means a fake or false Christian, a fruitless person living without faith from God. Wow! For the most part, wouldn’t those people be nearly indistinguishable from true Christians?
But doesn’t it make sense that for the enemy to really undermine us in every way possible he would need to infiltrate our camp with those who profess to be Christians? People we would interact with on a daily basis because they profess to be a Christian?
Once while praying for a person that I knew was greatly deceived based on their behavior at that time, God spoke to me and said this to me:
A person who is deceived believes they doing the will of the Father while under complete control of the enemy.
6 thoughts on “Wednesday Word Study – Tares”
Great post Nancy and such a good reminder to me to strive to be genuine in Him!
Yes Katie I think it is good for all of us to stop and think why we do what we do and are we “all show and no go…”