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Thursday, January 19, 2012


Matthew 13:47-50

"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." NIV

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." KJV

Fishing in Bible times, like the disciples who were fisherman, did what they call dragnet fishing. With this type of fishing, the net is wide and it scoops up everything lying or floating in its path. In the same way, the preaching of the Gospel brings a mix of individuals of every condition into the church. All of us, all of those who are swept into this net are being carried together through life toward final judgment. At the end of the age, we will be carefully separated by the angels into the good and the bad, the true believers and the pretenders. The true believers will be kept and will enter the eternal kingdom of God. The false pretenders will be thrown away for eternity into the lake of fire.

Heavenly Father, please help us to examine our souls to see if there is any false or deceptiveness within us. Cleanse us, Lord, that we may be found true and faithful when the day of Your judgment comes. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

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Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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