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The Tares Among the Wheat

The Tares Among the Wheat

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BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d.



"Didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? Whence
then hath it tares?"

Matt. xiii. 27.
BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d.



"Didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? Whence
then hath it tares?"

Matt. xiii. 27.

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THE TARES AMOG THE WHEATBY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d."Didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? Whencethen hath it tares?"Matt. xiii. 27.Yes, where do the tares come from? Whoare the carriers, and who are the sowers of the unwelcome seed? I spend no end of time weeding my garden. I choose favour-able seasons when the soil is soft and loose,and I pull up the weeds, "root and all, andall in all." I cleanse the soil, I burn it. Igive it pure nourishment. I sow the bestseed. But the weeds appear. "Where dothey come from?" I ask the gardener."Well," he says, "for one thing there is aneglected patch less than a mile away, andwe are not far from the open country."And what I experience in my garden everyfarmer experiences in his fields. The ill seedis borne by every wind, and every bird is aminister in its distribution.32THE TARES AMOG THE WHEAT 33Who has not seen the tares ? They evenenter fortunate fields which have the mostfavoured exposure. There are tares in theChurch of Christ. The good Lord sows goodseed, for he has no other, and yet the tares
 
appear. We can see them growing in theChurch of the earliest days. Cast your eyesover the Church in Corinth ; what an awfulsight for the farmer ! Could anybody haveimagined that such noxious, poisonousthings could so speedily have invaded thefield and taken possession? We can see thetares growing in the Church of the MiddleAges. We can see rank growths appearingin the Church of the Puritans. And weshould be stone-blind if we did not see themin the Church of our own day. The tares arefearfully mixed up with the wheat, andwheat is often strangled and smothered inthe wild confusion. " Didst not thou sowgood seed in thy field? Whence then hathit tares ?"And who has not seen the tares appear inthe fair field of beneficence and philan-thropy? Some man makes a clean bequestfor clean and honourable issues. Perhapsit is a considerate provision for the poor.34 THE FRIED O THE ROADAnd the wheat is very sweet and lovely. Butthe weeds appear. Sectarian prejudices getinto the hospitality and all sorts of bitterbigotries are mixed with its ministries. Thegood man sowed good seed, whence then hathit tares? Or it may be that some AndrewCarnegie thinks of the field of education, anddetermines to enrich it with his beneficence.He will open wide doors of opportunity forevery student. He will make it easier foreveryone to make his way. Bursaries andscholarships shall abound. The University
 
shall be practically free. What a field of fine wheat! But tares appear — lethargy,enervation, indolence, ease. Yes, indeed, fattares flourish in the field of beneficence.And who has not seen the tares in otherfields of the soul's inheritance? Perhapssome finer freedom has been sown by noblehands, some splendid franchise, some quick and quickening emancipation. It was fine,clean wheat, and yet the blade has scarcelyappeared before the tares appeared also.Every extension of noble liberty has beenaccompanied by some form of licence — darnels which look very much like honestwheat. Freedom of speech is attended byTHE TARES AMOG THE WHEAT 35irresponsibility, by blasphemy, by gossip andscandal. Good seed was sown in the field;whence then hath it tares?And who has not seen the tares in thefields of literature and art? Clean, sweet,strong seed is sown in the fields, but thetares are flung into the soil and grow up withthe wheat. There are things which are saneand wholesome, and there are things whichare neurotic. Some books are pure andhealthy as the angels which " excel instrength," and there are books with sensualsetting and inclination. There are bookswhich are vital and vitalising, and there arebooks which are decadent and deadly. It isa rare field, and good seed was sown in it,whence then hath it tares 1

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