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Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | May 4, 2023 | Matthew 13:47-52


”Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. Matthew 13:51 (NIV)


In today’s parable, the dragnet is used to symbolize what will happen when this life comes to an end for “every kind” (all life) both man and beast. Everyone will transition into another reality where they must meet a selection panel that will determine how they will continue their eternal adventure.

All men will stand before the judgement seat of God at the end of the age and give an account of their dealings when they were in this body - this temporary tent of clay. (Heb 9:27). All that will count is whether you embraced Jesus as Lord and Saviour and lived for Him, as well as how you treated your fellow humans. (Matthew 25:31-40; Jam 1:27). Not your money, car, job, degrees, or whether you slept in a mansion, a single room, or even on a single bench under a bridge will matter.

What warrants this next phase of life is a door called death. Heb 9:27 says that there is an appointment everyone (flesh and blood) must honour and right after that will be the separation. Some have rightly said that death is just a door to life; life everlasting in eternal bliss and glory with the Lord or life everlasting in wailing and gnashing of teeth with satan and his cohorts. Note that both the Just and the wicked have eternal life, but they will be spending that life in different places and under different conditions.


The purpose of parables is to communicate kingdom secrets and principles to a discerning audience. Kingdom children are expected to understand the principles and laws of the kingdom and live by them.

This was the final parable in the series and Jesus had to make sure He had communicated well so He asked, “Have you understood all these things?”

In other words, at the end of the day, you must make it into the kingdom of heaven by understanding the principles and instructions of the King of the kingdom and living by them. Understanding is key, so in all your getting, get understanding.


Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of salvation. Grant me the grace to know your will and live for you. For your dear Name’s sake. Amen.



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