The earth and the fullness thereof, is of the Lord. In the Parable of the Tares we understand it is his field. The sovereignty of it is vested with the kingdom of heaven. The earth cannot be seen as separate from the kingdom of God. The Word is the constitution of his Kingdom. We shall consider the Parable (Matt.13:24-30;36-41)
“The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: There are three phases, which we may say covers eternity to eternity (meaning the period it takes for the Salvation Plan of God to be completed). First phase speaks of preparing the soil, the second denotes sowing of the gospel and lastly harvest, gathering of wheat into the barn.
There is a subtext, which informs of the enemy unlawfully sowing tares among the wheat. There is also a period it is allowed to grow and we see it even now and it is called ways of the world, and a time when it shall be gathered and burnt.
The good wheat refers to the eternal word. ‘He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;(v.37)’ Do we not see predestination implied here? The Gospel of God becomes the Gospel of Christ and we are of His kingdom,-‘the good seed are the children of the kingdom;’ There is a day appointed for judgment “but the tares are the children of the wicked one;/39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels./40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world./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;/42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: 13;38-42).”
In the above parable the Husbandman is ever seized of preserving his field and his crop. His care for the well being of the good seed is such He restrains his angels from uprooting the tares ‘lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them(v.29)’. This has similar resonance in this psalm where his people are surrounded by mountains alluding to geographical features of Jerusalem. “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever (v.2)”. In v.4 we have the prayer of the Psalmist to bless those who abide under His provident Hand. “Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts”.
They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
4 Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.