Matthew 13:24-30 NKJV
“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who 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 grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
-Rebellion in Hebrew is written as mered which means to revolt, resist authority or become unfaithful. The parable of the wheat and tares reveals how men become rebellious towards God and His will, and are deceived and turned away by the schemes of the devil even as they sleep. Luke 21:34-36 reminds us of the need to watch and pray always that we may be counted worthy to escape carousing, drunkenness, cares of this life and other evil shemes, but to stand worthy before the Son of Man. The enemy does not plant tares among other tares but among the wheat. The wheat is symbolic to the good seed that grows and develops into the will and purpose of God having faith and hope in the salvation power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The tares on the other hand is the seed that the enemy plants in the hearts of men to distract them from the will of God and draw them away from His kingdom and eventually causing their destruction. That is why we are called to watch and pray always that we may not be ensnared into the trap of the devil and miss our inheritance now and eternally.
Search me Oh Lord and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Have mercy upon me O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies. Blot out my transgressions and wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and rebellion, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done evil in Your sight, that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Forgive us, our families, churches, leaders, president and nation for we have rebelled against You. Guide through Your loving-kindness and lead us in the way everlating. May You heal our wounds and our land, and grant us Your gift of salvation. And may Your grace help us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling that we may be faithful to You Lord in all things. May You bless us Oh Lord, and make us fruitful according to Your great pleasures and will. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: 1 Peter 5:8-11, Psalms 139:21-24