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Gathering Fish of Every Kind

January 19, 2016

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Gathering Fish  of Every Kind

There are “fish  of every kind”.     There are big,  little,  edible,  and not so edible fish.     When one goes fishing,  they look for the big,  edible kind  —  the most desirable  —  the best.     That’s what the “kingdom  of heaven”  is looking for.

Since most  of Jesus’ disciples  were fishermen,  they could understandably relate  to His parable explaining  what the “kingdom of heaven  is like”.      In Matthew 13:47-50,  Jesus explained,

Again,  the kingdom  of heaven  is like a dragnet cast  into the sea,  and gathering fish  of every kind;  and when  it was filled,  they drew it up  on the beach;  and they sat down  and gathered  the good fish  into containers,  but the bad  they threw away.     So it will be  at the end  of the age;  the angels  will come forth  and take out  the wicked  from among the righteous,  and will throw them  into the furnace  of fire;  in that place  there will be weeping  and gnashing  of teeth.

And,  so it is  amongst all those  who are  in the Christian church.     The “good fish”,  faithful Christians,  are “gathered” up  to  the “container”  of heaven  —  and the “bad” are thrown away,  “into the furnace of fire”.

Within  the church  are those  who honestly believe   and gladly accept all  of God’s word  and live  according to it’s truths  —  and there are hyp0crites,  who are drawn  into the church,  and who twist God’s words  into untruths,  and outright lies  that deceive the unsuspecting.       They are the “bad” fish  that are thrown away  “into the furnace  of fire;  in that place  there will be weeping  and gnashing  of teeth”  for their unbelief.

Both the “good”  and the “bad” fish heard  the very same message  in God’s word  —  the Bible.     Because  of this,  Jesus said in verse 52,

Therefore  every scribe  who has become  a disciple  of the kingdom  of heaven  is like a head  of a household,  who brings  out of his treasure  things new  and old.

There is always  the “head  of a household”  who brings forth  God’s Old Testament   of righteousness  and justice  for all those  who do not accept  God’s salvation  through faith  in Jesus alone  —  and he brings forth   the “new”  gospel  of salvation  through faith  in Jesus alone.     We remember  Old Testament laws  and the New Testament gospel of eternal salvation  through faith  in Christ alone.

God gathers all kinds  into His church  —  some good  and some bad.

What kind of fish  are we?     There are many things  in Old Testament laws—  and much better treasures  of New Testament fulfillments.     Trying  to follow Old Testament laws  cannot save anyone.     They are not good  for us.    Faithfully holding  to New Testament fulfillments  of the law  in Christ Jesus  makes us “new” and  of good use  in God’s kingdom.

Let us ever see  God’s saving love  in Christ Jesus,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for saving us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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