Well of course this is going to be the center of my devotional topic for this week; I can’t stop thinking about it and in all honesty, I wish I could be out on the water again today to try again. That was one heck of a fish after all.
Matthew 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but through away the bad.”
I really do wonder what kind of fish they were netting on the sea of Galilee. A Google search will tell you they were Carp, Tilapia, Catfish and Sardines. I feel a little bad that there were not any Salmon. I mean, really Lord, you have over 8 different species of Salmon and you chose to eat Carp and Tilapia? I am also certain that the lord didn’t eat any catfish or at least I hope he didn’t.
I am thankful that heaven is like a net thrown into the sea and there will be a plethora of fish; people of from many regions, cultures and backgrounds. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the good fish from the bad fish. But if Tilapia are good in God’s eyes what are Salmon? You have to admit Coho’s in the final stages of life are pretty dreadful to look at.
This parable is about judgement after all not the fish. The lesson really means edible and not edible. Those fish that are healthy for our nourishment will be brought to God and gathered back to Christ in his kingdom. How about that, the righteous and good are not redeemed because of living a perfect life, in fact, they are brought to Christ for living a hard life. The life that follows the example of Jesus. Like Salmon we leave home and go to the sea where Seals and Otters, Sharks, Killer whales, and last but not least Cobb’s are trying to eat you. You have to swim hundreds of miles day in and day out and then when you finally want to go home, for the most part, you are going home to die. Bummer! Then some hooky desperate pastor from Texas tricks you into getting hooked so you can end up on the Barbie. OK back to the passage. Poor fish I feel bad now!
We will all face our depths in the seas and the many struggles of adversity meant just for us. But it is the blood of the Lamb of God that covers our sin and finds us accepted before the Lord when he does call us home. So, like those who are called, our names are written in the book of life, heaven is our final destination and resting place. We really are not to far from a salmon who waits his whole life to make that journey. Our journey is far from over and heaven awaits. Amen
A Special thanks to Bob Meir for a fun filled day of fishing. We were blessed for sure. <><