THE PARABLE OF THE NET
TEXT: [MATTHEW 13:47-50]
MEMORY VERSE: Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Jesus taught the people and his disciples many parables, including Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Thomas, Matthew, Bartholomew, James, Less, Simon, Thaddeus, and Judas. They all listened to his lessons very carefully.
Jesus told His followers that the kingdom of heaven was like a net thrown into the sea, which is the church. On the sea, men stood and dropped a huge net into the water. All sorts of items were collected in the net, and when it was full, they pulled the net to the sea. There will be many things on the net, good things and poor things, recorded. Then the men would sit on the sea, take the good things out and place them in pots, or in hollow containers, such as cups, baskets, or barrels, but the bad things would be thrown away.
What is this parable meant to mean? Jesus said it’s going to be like the net at the end of the world. The angels would come and distinguish the wicked from the good or righteous, and the wicked would be thrown into a furnace of fire, where there would be a great deal of sorrow and suffering. Jesus asked His followers if they understood what He was asking them, and they said they did. To Jesus, it was vital that His disciples understood what He taught.
We need to be aware that we are all individuals or righteous people. How are we doing that? When it’s hard to do or when it might be something we don’t want to do, we still have to read the Bible and obey God’s Word. Even when we stand alone, God’s way is still the right way. For those who follow God and are found faithful in the end, there are great beautiful rewards.
The Bible still tells it the way it is. Jesus said the wicked would be thrown into a furnace of fire where the wailing and gnashing of teeth would take place. ‘Wailing’ is a cry of pain or sorrow. Weeping, sobbing, weeping are synonyms for wailing. ‘Gnashing of teeth’ is what individuals do when they are really distressed or dismayed. Such are not pleasant thoughts, but Jesus said these things to His disciples because He wanted them to know that not all people would go to heaven, that at the end of the world there would be a great divide, and that the place where the wicked go is a horrible place. He wanted all of them to follow God and save themselves an awful end.
In these verses, the beauties of heaven are not mentioned; but we know that heaven will be a place of rest from reading verses in Revelation, and will be a beautiful place to be. We know we would rather be with the righteous than with the wicked from the plain words that are written. Read Revelation 7:9; 14:13; 21:10-27 if time permits.