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Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany.

Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany.

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BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.

ST. MATT. xm. 24-30.
BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.

ST. MATT. xm. 24-30.

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FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY. BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN, D.D.ST. MATT. xm. 24-30. The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the h useholder came, and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field ? from whence then hath it tares ? He said unto him, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay ; lest while ye g. ther up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest ; and in the time of 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. A PERSON is here represented as sowing good Seed in his field In the night some malicious enemy comes, and scatters tares
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all over the ground. The Tares mentioned here are not like our tares ; but a kind of grass which very much resembles wheat, though utterly worthless. He is not seen after the Epiphany. doing this : he does it secretly at night, while his neighbour is asleep. The Farmer sees his crop springing up, and has no suspicion whatever that there are Tares mixed with the Wheat. But when it be gins to form into ear, then he discovers the mixture. His Labourers on the farm express their surprise ; Sir, didst thou not sow good -seed in thy field ? From whence then hath it tares V He at once guesses what has happened he has an unfriendly neigh
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bour, and it must be his work. The ser vants then propose to go and gather up all the tares they can find. But the Master objects to their doing this. Nay/ he says, lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together till harvest-time ; and then we will separate them. And now for the explanation. Here we have no difficulty ; for in this Parable, as well as in that of the Sower our Lord gives His own explanation. It appears that when the multitude were gone, Jesus went into a private house ; and there the disciples 140 Fifth Sunday followed Him, begging Him to tell them the meaning of what He had been saying ; Declare unto us the Parable of the tares of the field/
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