The Net


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Matthew 13:47-50

47] Again, the kingdom of heaven is likened to a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered fish of every kind:

48] Which, when it was full, they drew it to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

49] So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

50] And they shall cast the wicked into the furnace of fire: and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.


The Mustard Seed

Mark 4:30-32  
30] And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall
31] It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds
32] But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shoots out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

Luke 17:6

6] And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine
tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Matthew 17:20

20] And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have
faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place;
and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

The Seed


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Mark 4:26-29

26] And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

27] And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he
knoweth not how.

28] For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn
in the ear.

29] But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest
is come.

Parable of the Tares

The Tares

Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus put forth another parable to them.

Jesus: The kingdom of heaven is like a man which sowed good seed in his field:

But while the men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

The servants of the householder: Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? from where then does it have tares?

Householder: An enemy has done this.

The servants: Will you then that we go and gather them up?

Householder: Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers,

Gather together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

The Tares Explained

Matthew 13:36-43

Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came to him.

Disciples: Declare to us the parable of the tares of the field.

Jesus: He that sows the good seed is the Son of man;
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear

The Parable of the Sower


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Matthew 13:3-8 (Also found in Mark 4:1-9 and Luke 8:4-8)
Jesus spoke many things to the multitude in parables.

Jesus: A sower went out to sow. When he sowed:

• Some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them up.

• Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much soil: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of soul. When the sun was up, the tender plants were scorched; and they withered away because they did not have roots.

• Some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.

• Others fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

The Sower Explained

Matthew 13:18-23 (Also found in Mark 4:13-20 and Luke 8:11-15)

Jesus (to his disciples): Hear the parable of the sower.

  • When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, then the wicked one, comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the way side. 
  • He who received the seed into stony places, the same is he who hears the word, and soon receives it with joy. But he has no root in himself, so he endures for a while; but when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended. 
  •  He who received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.  
  • But he who received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it. He bears fruit and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.   

The Empty House


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 Luke 11:24-26  

When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

The unclean spirit (to himself): I will return to my house from which I came out.

When the unclean spirit returns to his house, he finds it swept and garnished.

Then the unclean spirit goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there. And the last state of that man is worse than the first.

Also found in Matthew 12:43-45

The Strong Man


Luke 11:21-22
When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are safe. But when one stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he takes from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils.

Matthew 12:29

How can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? Then he will spoil his house.