This post will cover the meaning and value of having discernment skills and how it takes proper knowledge, too.
First, a little mini course of agricultural facts to improve your ability to probe this quote for its many levels of meaning.
The more you understand about tares, scientifically, loluim temulentum), from wheat, the more you can perceive from this parable. Since the time of Jesus, modern man has lost the common day recognition of how tares and wheat looked alike and why Roman law was enacted to make it crime for people to “infect” the crop of others with tare seeds.
Both plants look identical in their early growth, so you have to wait for them to mature so you can see their differences and separate the poisonous or useless weed seeds from the nutritious fruit bearing wheat seeds.
The tares also grow faster than wheat and will rob nutrients from the soil and from the sun by overshadowing the wheat crop.
As the two crops compete for their growth and sustenance, the farmer is faced with a dilemma preventing him from the luxury and ease of early removal of the tares without injuring the wheat.
This is because the tares have a growth habit of wrapping their tendrils around the tender wheat stalks. To remove the tares means to likely uproot the wheat which has a shallower root system than the tares.
Again, once the typical and rapid tare growth reveals the presence of tares, they are protected due to their entwining tendrils. And so, once the tares are discovered to be present in a crop field, patience and observance will require waiting till harvest time in order to safely separate the weeds from the bounty.
The similarities of these two plants make sorting and discerning a difficult task.
We are being alerted to the dangers of subtle forgery and how counterfeit information may NOR be initially obvious. So from the onset, we need to be paying attention and mindfully discerning all that we “take into our mind’s eye” and allow to be the fodder for our beliefs.
This subtle mockup warns us to be diligent about what we sow (thoughts, ideas, beliefs) or allow into our fields (minds) because it may mature to become an attachment we will have a fondness for, and later, it may extract a certain toll in time consuming and emotional efforts to deal with its integration within our mind-fields.
Bogus ideas are the boogie man in our ideations… not-TRUTH, but rather, ideas imposed or mindlessly accepted without self reflection giving us time to determine IF they possess a value that aligns with God-Great Spirit or not is a vital behavior to adopt.
We are being instructed about how information is more than idle words “breezing by on the winds of time.” They are taking root and influencing our being. Be sure the information and knowledge is of the quality of Actual TRUTH and not just popular thought in order to not be deceived.
All deception is costly to your spiritual health! And, just because information is idealized and often quoted, doesn’t necessarily make it wisdom. Only YOU can do the weighing and questioning of what you allow to be seeded into your mind- your garden.
Thus, this sorting is a discernment process with high stakes.
The key to proper use of Free Will lies in your ability to discern TRUTH from personal truths and outright lies or shades of TRUTH entwined by lies.
Counterfeit is a mockup that looks like the real deal but is actually bogus and false, or an imposter.
Sometimes visuals will reveal what you need to know, but as this parable teaches, the visual may mislead you till after significant amount of time passes and maturity of the idea reveals its falsity.
But then, you have a bigger job on your hands to remedy the enmeshment of false with TRUTH, or fake with REAL. Think and be mindful is clearly being advised and taught as one of this story’s main lessons.
This mindful awareness takes us to the valuable insight that the sooner we deeply inspect our “seeds”, the sooner we shall free ourselves from the burdens of weeding our gardens. Weeding is always a tedious task, and best if we never had to deal with it!
This clearly advises us to question and mindfully examine and test whatever information we allow to take root in our minds and hearts.
DISCERNMENT is wisdom and not really optional regarding your Spiritual information resources. Principle is the only guide you can trust when “sorting your tares from your wheat.”
Bottom line lessons from this parable:
. knowledge, weighing, and long term vision to understand consequences and the bigger picture results
. Pay attention and notice
. Be mindful
TRUTH is laden with information beholding to our Great Spirit making it fully nutritious as our ripened wheat stalks “bow” with their fruit when ready to harvest. Tares, by comparison, are upright as their seed it empty of value . Metaphorically, the empty mind not filled with TRUTH is haughty and holds its arrogant head high to seen “above all else”, yet, it is the weed that poisons our mind with that which is not so/TRUE.
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