The great separation!
Scripture reading for August 3rd: Amos 1-3, Matthew 13
Key Scriptures: Matthew 13:47-50 “”Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.””
Jesus taught in parables so that those who heard would have to think and seek out the meaning. Those with ears would hear the truth and those with hard hearts would not understand or come to the wrong conclusion. This prophetic parable of the fishing net cast into the sea should have been easily understood around the Sea of Galilee. Good fish and inedible fish are caught in the net. They are sorted out and the good are kept and the inedible are cast away. The kingdom of heaven will catch men but not all will be “good.” The end of the age will bring a great separation!
Amos 3:7 “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for prophetic truth in Your parables. Help me to cast a clear Gospel message and cast the net to bring men and women into the kingdom. May all receive Your grace through Jesus Christ so as not to be cast away!