But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.
and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; (Matthew 13:25,38 NASB)
In this word picture Jesus describes the dilemma of the ‘sons of the evil one.’ I am sitting here thinking that if it wasn’t for people who did not know Christ, Christianity would be pretty easy. [Chuckle]
Let’s talk about these ‘sons of the evil one’ for a couple minutes.
One comment before we do – Jesus’ parables individually do not completely describe the Kingdom of God, and taken on their own and to the extreme can be used to teach things that are not true.
For instance, in this parable we do not see any hope for one who is not a ‘son of the kingdom.’ If you are sown as a son of the evil one, you have no hope of ever changing allegiance.
But this is not so. Anyone who is a ‘son of the kingdom’ was once a ‘son of the evil one.’ That is, in fact one of the main tasks given to a ‘son of the kingdom,’ and it was the main job of the First Born – our Lord Jesus. His job was to bring many sons to glory.
God is in the adoption business, and is looking for sons (and daughters, by the way) on whom to lavish His great love.
Back to the phrase, sons of the evil one. This got Jesus in some big trouble once. Do you remember this?
“I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”
They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.”
Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. You are doing the deeds of your father.”
They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.”
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me; for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” (John 8:38-47 NASB Emphasis added)
I know that was a long chunk, but I could not bring myself to break it up.
This little dialogue got Jesus is some hot water. They actually tried to stone Him at the bottom of the chapter.
These sons of the evil one do what they do because of their blood line.
We act like the non-Christians are our big problem in life, like somehow they are going to take our Christianity away!
The Church seems to be afraid that if we don’t take our country back, we will not longer have Christianity as we know it. Frankly that is not such a bad thing.
Christianity has become more about keeping influence of darkness out of our lives than following our wonderful Savior, who cranked up His billion jiggawatt self and walked straight into the darkness. [Tweet This]
The ‘sons of the evil one’ are under condemnation, but it is our job to bring them out, to bring many sons out of darkness and into the marvelous light.
Lets get out there and rub shoulders with some tares today, and see if we can’t shine a bit.
See you tomorrow