Parable of the fishing net, for children

    The Parable of

    The Net

    Jesus told them another parable: . . . (Matt. 13:47-52)

    "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by a fisherman - he casts a net into the water and gathers in fish of every kind, valuable and worthless. When the net is full, he drags it up onto the beach and sits down and sorts out the edible ones into crates and throws the others away.

    That is the way it will be at the end of the world - the angels will come and separate the wicked people from the godly, casting the wicked into the fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Do you understand?"

    "Yes," they said, "we do."
    Then Jesus added, "Those experts in Jewish law who are now my disciples have double treasures - from the Old Testament as well as from the New!"


    Have you ever seen a fishing net? Their were two types of fishing nets in Jesus' day. One was a casting net held by a fisherman while standing on the shore. The other was a dragnet, a large square net with cords at each corner. The net hung straight down in the water when the fishing boat was stopped. When the boat moved, all the fish within its paths would be swept into the net and captured. This is the type of net referred to in this parable.

    The dragnet was pulled to the shore. Then the fishermen would separate the edible fish from the unusable ones. The net could not tell which fish were good and which were too small or unusable. Jesus explained that is the way it will be at the end of the world. God will "let down His net" and gather all the people of the world, the good and the bad. Then God will separate them. Each will be sent to his eternal destination.


    "For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him."
    Matthew 12:34-35



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