kjv@Matthew:13:10@ And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
kjv@Matthew:13:11@ He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
kjv@Matthew:13:12@ For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
kjv@Matthew:13:13@ Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
kjv@Matthew:13:14@ And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
kjv@Matthew:13:15@ For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
kjv@Matthew:13:16@ But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
kjv@Matthew:13:17@ For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
kjv@Matthew:13:19@ When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
kjv@Matthew:13:20@ But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
kjv@Matthew:13:21@ Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
kjv@Matthew:13:22@ He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
kjv@Matthew:13:23@ But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
kjv@Matthew:13:24@ Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
kjv@Matthew:13:25@ But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
kjv@Matthew:13:26@ But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
kjv@Matthew:13:27@ So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
kjv@Matthew:13:28@ He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
kjv@Matthew:13:29@ But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
kjv@Matthew:13:30@ Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
kjv@Matthew:13:31@ Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
kjv@Matthew:13:32@ Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
kjv@Matthew:13:33@ Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
kjv@Matthew:13:34@ All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
kjv@Matthew:13:35@ That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
kjv@Matthew:13:36@ Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
kjv@Matthew:13:37@ He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
kjv@Matthew:13:38@ The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
kjv@Matthew:13:39@ The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
kjv@Matthew:13:40@ As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
kjv@Matthew:13:41@ The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
kjv@Matthew:13:42@ And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
kjv@Matthew:13:43@ Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
kjv@Matthew:13:44@ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
kjv@Matthew:13:45@ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
kjv@Matthew:13:46@ Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
kjv@Matthew:13:47@ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
kjv@Matthew:13:48@ Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
kjv@Matthew:13:49@ So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
kjv@Matthew:13:50@ And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
kjv@Matthew:13:51@ Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
kjv@Matthew:13:52@ Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
kjv@Matthew:13:53@ And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
kjv@Matthew:13:54@ And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
kjv@Matthew:13:55@ Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
kjv@Matthew:13:56@ And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
kjv@Matthew:13:57@ And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
This understanding is not a matter left to human intelligence, it is plain and evident to persons of all IQ's/literacy/backgrounds. Satan is not omnipresent so he utilizes man's sheep like pack and conforming nature. He will twist and distort ones intentions and honest curiosity, even God's own words to produce doubt and apparent contradiction to foster rejection and rebellion. It is not understood because the heart has fattened and calloused against it. A mans own peers become the fowls of the air as much as any demon.
From whom does the most pressure/persecution come from? Those just described as the wayside. Those here now without root expect peace and pleasantry. If the gospel is obvious to them it should be obvious to others they presume, and yet it is not obvious, ridiculed, divisive, persecuted against, even deadly. The young fledgling becomes disheartened, embarrassed, offended. A process - sunlight that is supposed to bring about growth instead kills off the plant. Though passive from ther out typically by number they are used by the wayside (therefore Satan) to increase the pressure on the remaining believers.
A believer that overcomes the first two elements must also contend with the cares of this world. It may not matter what others believe or think or behave, the believer is settled and assured in this part of his faith. However, the real issues of life and family and citizen present a constant drain on his time and energies causing anxiety and fatigue and over extension. The productive fruit of his life gets chocked out without him barely realizing it. I speak from experience.
For the few strong that remain all of this process works to produce fruit in them 30 60 100 fold; supernatural returns. Fruit like this would not be possible if it were not for the entire process the necessitated it and brought it about. We should not consider it odd that these many things go into producing spiritual fruit. It is producers like these that the Lord wants with Him in His Kingdom. These souls are basically the humble and meek He spoke of in the Beatitudes that His light and Spirit have shown through, His redemption has fashioned, branches abiding in His vine, created unto good works; they are the blessed.
The Lord sows a very particular seed expecting later a very particular fruit, a fruit worthy of the kingdom from which it was born, worthy of acceptance into the kingdom to which it is harvested. It is a supernatural fruit that comes forth in supernatural numbers; the fruit itself that bares more of this particular seed. The process it takes to produce from seed to root to a plant to fruit is deliberate and unavoidable as sunshine. Understanding this parable is to understand such spiritual process. Is this the fruit that I am producing?
This parable is to be placed beside the parable of the sower for direct comparison, one extends the other. The first is a look at the process of the individual believer and what he must overcome. The second is a picture of the field (world) of all. The enemy has come in and planted a false believer with every appearance of the true believer except in final fruit. To remove the false believer at this time would also uproot the true believer, so the two are left to grow together. Both parables work together to draw a broader and deeper picture. The Disciples will shortly ask Jesus to explain this further.
This is not to say that the Devil has created his own humans and planted them amongst God's. This is better explained by whom the God created human becomes moral agent of/to. The Kingdom of Heaven becomes firmly planted into one and the false kingdom of heaven becomes established in the other. The differences nearly indistinguishable until the fruit from each is bore out.