Wheat as a symbol of Christ Church
And other items explain why WEEDS is the symbol of false Christians and meanwhile the BARLEY is the symbol of our Lord Jesus Christ. On this occasion, to end this short series, WHEAT talk briefly as a symbol of the church.
He presented another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. Matthew 13: 24-25
The [wheat] is the world; the good seed [wheat] are the children of the kingdom, and the tares [among the wheat] are the children of the wicked. Matthew 13:38
Let both grow together and until the harvest; and the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to burn; but gather the wheat into my barn. Matthew 13:30Why wheat is a symbol of nations
Even if your outcasts are in the uttermost parts under heaven, from thence will collect the Lord your God, and there you will take. Deuteronomy 30: 4
Newly conquered Israel, the Assyrians carried the ten tribes and scattered by the different nations that already possessed Chaldean empire (2 Kings 17: 6). Then, as part of its strategy of conquest, the Assyrians took to the inhabitants of those territories in Chaldean and brought them to occupy the place left by the Israelites (2 Kings 17:24 / 2 Kings 18: 9-12). These new occupants brought from those distant lands, eventually mixed with the Israelites left the Assyrians peasants to till the land (2 Kings 25:12) and learned the same apostate religion that cost to the nation of Israel be discarded, mixing it with idolatry brought from Babylon and Assyria (2 Kings 17: 24-41).
Since then, the northern kingdom ceased to be known as Israel and was given the name of Samaria.
When our Lord Jesus Christ visited Samaria -whose inhabitants, for the reasons mentioned above were considered by the Jews and Gentiles or pagans, compared with the wheat fields ready for harvest (John 4: 35-38).
Do you not say, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe [ripe] for harvest. John 4:35
He referred to the Samaritans as a wheat field, because they represented the world (Matthew 13:38), ie, all non-Jews who they profess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior of nations.
They said to the woman: We no longer believe only what you said, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world, the Christ. John 5:42
Due to the required extent, wheat fields were outside the wall, this symbol of where Judaism (Nehemiah 1: 3) begins. Hence, like wheat grows out of the wall-understood the word Judaism use it as a symbol of believers among the gentile nations, that is, of course! The Christians.
Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he stopped counting, for it was without number. Genesis 41:49
In this prophecy, Joseph is the figure of the Messiah of Israel, which collect their children scattered among the nations (Ezekiel 36:24 / Ezekiel 37:21 / 1:11 / Nehemiah 1: 9 / Isaiah 43: 5 / Jeremiah 23 3 / Micah 2:12).
Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord: I will gather you from the peoples, and assemble you out of the land in which you are scattered, and I will give the land of Israel. Ezekiel 11:17
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palms in their hands; Revelation 7: 9
His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor; and gather his wheat into the barn, and burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matthew 3:12
He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 15:24
Only when the wheat dies bears fruit
Like the Lord Jesus Christ, the church must die to one's own desires (Matthew 6:10 / Matthew 26:42) and start a new life in obedience to the Spirit, giving up this existence.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. He who loves his life will lose it; and he who hates his life in this world to eternal life will be saved. John 12: 24-25
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he can not be my disciple. Luke 14:26
Then Jesus said to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16: 24-25
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Colossians 3: 5
Pentecost: the firstfruits of the wheat, which is the church
He, of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures. James 1:18
Exactly as the day of First Fruits of the wave sheaf, which was offered in the Temple a bunch firstfruits of the barley, the day of Pentecost (Greek Fifty) Fifty later- days another bunch was offered, as well as firsts, but this time the wheat.
So fifty days after the resurrection of our Lord (first fruits of the barley) the Holy Spirit descended upon the church (first fruits of grain).
... And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2: 3-4
This passage occurred during the festival of Pentecost speaks of flames over the heads of believers, referring also to the candlestick that is lit for the first time, that is, the church is filled with the Holy Spirit (the oil candelabrum ) and whose flame is lit to illuminate the world (Matthew 5: 14-16).
They will return and sit under his shadow; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine; its smell will be like the wine of Lebanon. Hosea 14: 7