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Scripture reading for January 19th: Matthew 13:44-58, Psalm 14, Proverbs 3:27-28
As we read these parables, Jesus used different stories but the message that was within them was the same truth. This is a technique of a good teacher who is trying to impart truth to their students. These parables contained truth that if grasped and understood would enable a person to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Different stories would help people of different backgrounds and culture to relate to the simple message they contained. (Matthew 13:10-11) Let’s look at another parable used by the Master Teacher, Jesus.
“Once again,the Kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full,the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47-50)
Jesus had several disciples who were fishermen and He taught extensively around the Sea of Galilee where fishing would be easily understood. Fish was a staple food of that culture. This simple story about the kingdom being like a net would have resonated with those who caught fish or ate them. The preaching of the message of repentance and faith in Jesus is like casting a net and bringing in a catch of precious souls. The visible kingdom will contain those who are “good” fish and others that are “bad”. The only difference between them is whether they truly have saving faith.
As fishermen would sort out their catch after catching them, Jesus taught that angels would separate the wicked from the righteous. The wicked would be cast into hell where there would be eternal torment. This was a simple truth that Jesus as a Master Teacher was trying to impress upon those who would listen. Disciples are called to be “fishers of men” and cast the “Gospel net”. Angels will separate the wicked and righteous at the end of the age. It pays to be in the company of the righteous! Are you ready for the final catch? Are you casting the Gospel net?