Summary of passage: Jesus tells the parable of the net where he says the kingdom of heaven is like a net that catches all kinds of fish. After the catch, the fish must be sorted and the good will be kept but the bad will be thrown in the fiery furnace at the end of the age by the angels (the fishermen).
8a) God’s word or law (verse 47)
b) believers (verse 48)
c) non-believers (verses 48-50)
d) Angels (verse 49)
e) The good fish will be separated from the bad fish who will be thrown in a fiery furnace (verse 49-50)
9a) Angels are harvesters and here they are the fishermen (the sorters if you will). The weeds are burned in the fire as are the bad fish. Both mention this will happen at the end of the age. The angels will separate the wicked from the righteous in both. Verse 42 & 50 are identical “they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
b) To convince unbelievers to believe for the picture is so gloom for them. And as a warning to unbelievers. As encouragement to us that one day sin will be eradicated from our world.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Believed in Jesus and witness to unbelievers.
Conclusions: Question 9c would be more for unbelievers who don’t know their future. This one is very clear on its meaning: you believe or you don’t and if you don’t you burn. Simple.
End Notes: Jesus reveals that the world will remain divided up until the very end; that he will not bring about peace to all.