Dragnet

Matthew 13:47-50
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a large net thrown into the sea that gathered all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen hauled it ashore. Then they sat down, sorted the good fish into containers, and threw the bad ones away. That is how it will be at the end of the age.

The angels will go out and separate the evil from the righteous and will throw them into a blazing furnace. In that place there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Earthy Word = Spiritual Word
fishermen = angels
evil = unsaved people
righteous = Christians
end of the age = end of world
blazing furnace = hell
Possible Points of Jesus
  1. JESUS’ TEACHINGS ON THE DESTINY OF THE WICKED
    1. JESUS TAUGHT THE WICKED WILL BE JUDGED…
      1. We have seen this truth illustrated in the two parables we have been comparing
      2. He warned those cities that rejected Him of the coming judgment – Mt 11:20-24
      3. He spoke of the condemnation that would come upon His generation – Mt 12:41-42
      4. The wicked would be raised unto condemnation, unlike the righteous – Jn 5:24-30
    2. JESUS TAUGHT THE WICKED WILL BE SEPARATED FROM GOD…
      1. He spoke of this separation in His sermon on the mount – Mt 7:21-23
      2. Again, when describing the judgment scene – Mt 25:41-46
    3. JESUS TAUGHT THE WICKED WILL BE CAST INTO “HELL”…
      1. A term used most often by Jesus to describe the destiny of the wicked
        1. The Greek word is “geenna” {gheh’-en-nah}, which in Hebrew is “Ge-Hinnom”
        2. B. W. Johnson comments: “The term Gehenna arose from the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem, where the Canaanites burned human sacrifices to Moloch. After the return of the Jews from the Captivity they made it a place of defilement, where the refuse of the city was thrown and burned. The name was applied to the place of future punishment by the Jews. The word is often used in the New Testament, and always denotes a place of future punishment.”
        3. Found twelve (12) times in the New Testament, and it is used only by Jesus with one exception (Jm 3:6)
      2. Jesus used the term to describe the final place of punishment…
        1. In His sermon on the mount – Mt 5:21-22,29-30
        2. When sending His apostles on the “limited” commission – Mt 10:28
        3. In warning against personal stumblingblocks – Mt 18:8-9
        4. Perhaps the most vivid use of this term is in Mk 9:43-48
          — Jesus evidently used this word because it properly spoke to His contemporaries the horror and abomination of the eternal destiny awaiting the wicked!
      3. This place called “hell” was originally prepared for the devil and his angels (Mt 25:41), but will serve as the place of punishment for the wicked as well
    4. JESUS TAUGHT THE WICKED WILL SUFFER TORMENT…
      1. They will experience “the furnace of fire”
        1. As described in “The Parable Of The Wheat And The Tares”, and “The Parable Of The Dragnet” – Mt 13:42,50
        2. This “furnace of fire” is the same as…
          1. The “fire” of Gehenna – Mt 5:22; 18:8-9
          2. The “lake of fire” – Re 20:12-15; 21:8
        3. A fire that is never quenched – Mk 9:43-48
        4. Notice Jesus’ description of Hades (the temporary dwelling of the wicked dead) – Lk 16:22-24
      2. They will experience “wailing and gnashing of teeth”
        1. As told in the two parables we have considered – Mt 13:42,50
        2. Jesus used the similar expression “weeping and gnashing of teeth” on other occasions – Mt 8:12 22:13; 24:51; 25:30
      3. They will experience “outer darkness”
        1. As in the punishment of…
          1. The “sons of the kingdom” (unbelieving Israelites) – Mt 8:12
          2. The “unprepared wedding guest” (those who mistakenly believe they are saved?) – Mt 22:13
          3. The “unprofitable servant” (slothful Christians?) – Mt 25:30
        2. And the punishment described by Peter and Jude for false teachers – 2Pe 2:17; Jude 13
      4. They will experience “everlasting punishment”
        1. The punishment for the wicked is as “everlasting” as the life given the righteous – Mt 25:46
        2. The wicked will be “punished” with “everlasting destruction” from the presence of the Lord – cf. 2Th 1:9
  2. CONCLUSION
    1. As Jesus went about “preaching the gospel of the kingdom” (Mt 4:23), He did not hold back…
      1. He called upon the people to repent – cf. Mt 4:17
      2. He warned them of the impending judgment and torment to come
        1. As seen in “The Parable Of Dragnet”
        2. As seen in our survey of Jesus’ teaching on the destiny of the wicked
    2. If we are to proclaim the “gospel of the kingdom” faithfully…
      1. We must not only preach the “good news” of the kingdom…
      2. We must also tell the “bad news” Christ revealed through His parables and other teachings!

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