Thursday, 2 August 2012
2nd August 2012 Matthew 13:47-53
The Parable of the Net
“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 fiery 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 been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
I have to admit to being a little confused about how this verse all fits together; it tells us that we will be sorted at the end of time and then also seems to say that as christian leaders we are responsible for making sure none are left behind. It's this last concept which is hard; and so I go back to the fact that we need only work on God's behalf; it's not our job to fulfill.