We’re in the midst of looking at some of the most important words ever uttered on this planet: a series of parables in which Jesus reveals the secrets of God’s Kingdom.
Today, we arrive at the last of the kingdom parables:
“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 blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they replied.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
As in the Parable of the Weeds, Jesus uses familiar images to issue a dire warning. The fishermen represent angels who will come at the end of the age to separate the “wicked” from the “righteous.” The wicked will be cast into the “blazing furnace,” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Jesus then confirms that the disciples finally understand the secrets of the kingdom he’s been sharing with them. He concludes by comparing disciples of the kingdom with homeowners who bring up both new and old treasures out of their storerooms. In other words, they have stored up in their hearts and are ready to share with the world the knowledge of both the “old” way of the law and its fulfillment in the “new” way of the kingdom inaugurated by Jesus.
We should do the same.
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