While Men Slept
While Men Slept
24Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. 26But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. 27The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' 28And he said to them, 'An enemy has done this!' The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?' 29But he said, 'No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30'Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.’” Matt 13:24-30
Our true to life story above indicates that while men slept, the enemy planted illegitimate seeds into a field—seeds not intended by its owner. Even today, the Enemy is still planting religions, doctrines, “social and watered down” gospels (Gal 1:6-10), traditions, personal opinions and beliefs in place of where Scripture is and should be the authority (see Mark 7:7). Vain attempts have been made to justify their practices to draw men to their services, but John 6:44shows that it is God who draws men to Him. Further, such “enhancements” to worship are not authorized because those practices are not found in Scripture, and it is God who supplies the increase to His seed in the harvest of righteousness according to 2 Cor 9:10.
As a Bible believing people, we teach and encourage “open book (Bible) tests” in our Lord’s worship services and bible studies! The Lord’s church can fall into a similar “sleep” as mentioned in Matthew 13:24-30, if we fall into practices to where we are simply sitting and listening to a fallible speaker, without requiring book, chapter and verse for what is spoken and following along closely within our Bibles to affirm what is being said. From our lips and hearts, we should always ask, “what do the Scriptures say?!”
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Acts 17:11.