by Jerry Vines

Matthew 13:47
Now Jesus said, "again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net
that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when
it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good
into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be a the end of the
world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the
just, And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth.Jesus said unto them, Have ye understood all these
things? They say unto him, Yea Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore
every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven, is like
unto a man that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure
things new and old."
The parable of the dragnet is the seventh in a series of parables
which Jesus calls Mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. And in these
parables the Lord Jesus gives us the course of the age in which we live.
He is trying to show us what is going on behind the scenes so we will have
an understanding of what god is doing in our world. Regardless of how
things may appear the Lord Jesus makes it clear to us that God is in
control, that God knows what he is doing. Now you remember Jesus began
these parables with a parable of the sower. And he talked about the
fact that there were four different kinds of soil and only one of them
was productive and fruitful. And so it is when the word of God is
preached. There is a kind of heart that is open and receptive to the
word of God, it receives the word and bears fruit thereof. Then the
Lord Jesus told that parable about the wheat and tares. A man sowed
some wheat in his field. Then an enemy came and sowed tares and they
grew up together. The problem of the mixture of the good and the
bad. Those who are saved and those who are lost right in the same
church together, the real and the imitation. The genuine and the
counterfeit. The Lord Jesus indicates to us that thi ...

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