Matthew Chapter 13- Part 6
Parable of the dragnet- Matthew 13:47-51
Jesus again spoke regarding the kingdom of heaven and said that it was like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered fish of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus said to them, "Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord."
A dragnet is a net drawn through a river or pond or across ground to trap fish. In this parable, when the dragnet was cast in to the sea, it gathered a lot of fish and when it was drawn to shore, men who had cast the net, sorted out the fish, gathering the good in to vessels and throwing the bad away. Similarly, the kingdom of heaven attracts many people; some are truly born again after hearing the Gospel; others are not (they do not repent or live according to the Word of God). Only those who are born again will enter the kingdom of heaven in the end. Jesus said that at the end of the age there will be a sorting; the wicked will be separated from the just and the wicked will go in to eternal punishment.