What a sobering story to end with! In teaching about God’s kingdom in Matthew 13, Jesus shifted to using parables (12:46-13:3). These telling tales exposed truth to true Kingdom seekers, and exposed the hard hearts of those who will not listen (vs. 10-17, 34-36). From these seven parables, we learn that His kingdom is to be our priority. It is to shape our lives, be valued above all else, and is a source of eternal hope. Those who will hear, obey, are further trained to be able to utilize and share what God has revealed in His word.
“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.” When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there.” (Matthew 13:47-53 –NIV)
Jesus’ Revealing / Concealing Parables:
A Soul / Soil Test. Hearing Him? Get fruit! (13:3-23)
Let God sort out His people from world (24-30, 34-43)
God’s Kingdom starts small, but grows, welcomes (31-32)
His Kingdom has quiet, slow, dramatic influence (33)
The Kingdom is worth any, every sacrifice (34, 35)
Seek His rule, and joyfully submit to Him (36)
Beware: God will sort souls at the Judgment (47-50)
At the Judgment, God will Sort Us Out (vs. 47-50)
Like fishermen picking the “keepers” and “throw backs” (47-48)