SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 13:47-50
Jesus tells the parable of the net. He says that the kingdom of heaven is like a net that catches all kinds of fish. The fisherman collected the good fish but threw the bad fish away. At the End Times, the angels will separate the wicked from the good in the same way. The wicked will be thrown into a fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 14, Day 4: Matthew 13:47-50
The net: the world
The good fish: believers
the bad fish: unbelievers
The fisherman: Jesus
The outcomes for both types of fish:
Good fish — go to heaven
Bad fish — will be thrown into a fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth
In Matthew 13:37-43:
The two sowers: the sower who sowed the good seed is Jesus. The sower who sowed the weeds is the devil.
The good seed: believers
The weeds: unbelievers
The harvest: the Second Coming
The harvesters: angels
Both set up and tell the same scenario how at the End Times, there will be a judgement and a forever separation of the wicked from the good.
b) People either ignore the warnings and encouragement, or they turn to Jesus. Both the warning and encouragment serve to help people turn to Jesus and give believers strength to carry on. People’s response to the warnings or encouragement determine their eternal destination.
c) There have been several but none really stand out for instances. Holding your tongue, patience, and doing God’s will. In sum, just try to be more like Jesus every day.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 14, Day 4: Matthew 13:47-50
I love this parable because it’s easy to understand and everyone can relate, even in modern times.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 14, Day 4: Matthew 13:47-50
Dragnets were thrown out like in my photo above, and all types of fish were caught. The good ones were the ones that were kept; the rest were thrown back. Remember, Old Testament food laws still applied; some types of fish were considered unclean and could not be eaten.
Gnashing teeth represent anger, as unbelievers will be eternally angry at God for sending them to the pits of Hell.
There will always be unbelievers, even at the End Times. Trying to convert everyone is unrealistic.