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The Greek ζιζάνια for tares/weeds has often been understood as a reference to darnel (a type of ryegrass, see here). If so, the meaning is clarified. Wheat & darnel look essentially the same in their early growth stages; they can be distinguished when they are mature. So trying to uproot the weeds right away would risk: Missing some of the weeds by ...


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God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering .. and the people shouted and fell upon their face, Leviticus 9:24. This in the inauguration of the Aaronic priesthood. But some thought to mimic this ...


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@HoldToTheRod did an excellent job of explaining the agricultural references being made. I would just point out that the OT background for this parable includes: [Jer 31:27 NASB20] 27 "Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of mankind and the seed of animals. [...


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I think root systems can be another way to answer to your third question. Farmers sow wheat rather densely--certainly much closer than, e.g., maize corn; and thus, their root systems would become tangled underground early on. In a home garden, it can be difficult to correctly uproot an established weed sitting on top of a delicate vegetable plant with ...


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There are so many things here - let me try to take them one at a time. Shadow The idea of the OT Ceremonial law and system being a shadow occurs several times in the NT: Col 2:17 - These [religious festival and temple rites] are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Heb 8:5 - They serve at a sanctuary that is a ...


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Parable: Tares Among the Wheat Since the entire narrative is parabolic, we must interpret it as such. My version (NAS) reads: Matthew 13:24-30: "Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the ...


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Is Jesus' description of Gehenna (Hell) literal or figurative? This is a difficult subject because we do not recognize our wretchedness as God does. A couple of passages from the Gospel of Mark may suffice for illustration: Mark 7:21-23: "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, ...


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I certainly don't claim any of these thoughts are original to me, but I see a comparable connection. Jesus often used metaphors that were familiar to people to illustrate a point. Physical birth involves: Water (as noted in the OP) Spirit (see Genesis 2:7) Blood (I didn't really appreciate this until my the birth of my children) Spiritual rebirth involves: ...


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Was all that God initially instituted planned? The questions in the OP may be pared down to two since there is considerable redundancy. With that in mind, I'll attempt to address the two fundamental questions in turn as I understand them. They appear to be these: I) Did God create Adam and Eve already knowing that they would fall? II) Did God create ...


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I'll answer this in terms of typology. Revelation 19:7 expresses a spiritual reality: Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; This is the true heavenly type. Genesis 2:24 describes an earthly type: Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to ...


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Looking at Eph. 5:1-6:9 the intent of all human relationships is to express who God is (that is to glorify God). It starts out to imitate God as young children imitate their parents. After a discourse on general characteristics, the first relationship in a list of relationships is husband and wife (5:22-32), also the longest. In this relationship the ...


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One must be careful about taking analogies beyond their intended scope. A few facts relative to the question to help set the background here include: Amniotic fluid, though it starts pure, later can include the fetal excrement (called meconium). Noah's family spent far more than 40 days in the ark. The rains fell for 40 days, but they were in the ark from ...


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Isaiah 33 14The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling grips the ungodly: “Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting flames?” 15He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, who refuses gain from extortion, whose hand never takes a bribe, who stops his ears against murderous plots and shuts his eyes tightly against ...


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This is not difficult - either the expression, "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" is literal or figurative/metaphor. We should pause to note Mark 9:48 is a direct quote from Isa 66:24. The passage immediately preceding this verse is about the New Heavens and the New Earth. Note the following elements The LORD will come ...


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Matthew 13:24-30 (New American Standard Bible 1995 ) 24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven [a]may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [b]tares among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the [c]wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares ...


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In order to understand what was planted by the enemy in Verse 25, we first need to understand what was planted by the man in Verse 24.  What was planted by the man? Matt. 13:24 NKJV 24Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;(Holy Bible: New King James Version. Nashville, ...


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I really like Dottard's discussion of shadow & symbolism and agree that the ceremonial system was symbolic of Christ. This is made explicit in Hebrews 7:11-28 (esp. verse 27). I'd like to focus then on question 4 from the OP: Overall, what was Paul expecting his audience to take away from his words? What kind of effect did he intend these couple of ...


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There are a number of NT examples where a command was given greater spiritual focus--the adaptation is not identical in each case, but Jesus said several times "ye have heard that it was said by them of old", before giving a higher standard. 10 commandments Two prominent examples from Matthew 5: 21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old ...


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Does Jesus sit or stand at the right hand of God? Psalm 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Acts 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of Godand Jesus standing at the right hand of God. The LORD'S invitation to Jesus to sit. ...


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