whatkinda.net is this?

i was reading today and came across this:

matthew 13:47-49

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 threw away the bad. so it will be at the close of the age. the angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous…

from the surface this tells us that the kingdom of heaven gathers in both righteous and evil people. so theres righteous people in the kingdom of heaven which im sure everyone thinks is kosher but then theres apparently evil people in the kingdom of heaven. not so kosher.

this is only compounded by another text ive been struggling with lately.

isaiah 65:17-25

for behold i create a new heavens and a new earth and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. but be glad and rejoice forever in that which i create for behold i create jerusalem to be a joy and her people to be a gladness. i will rejoice in jerusalem and be glad in my people – no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. no more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days or an old man who does not fill out his days for the young man shall die a hundred years old and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. they shall build houses and inhabit them – they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. they shall build and another inhabit they shall not plant and another eat – for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. they shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity for they shall be the offspring of the blessed lord and their descendants with them. before they call i will answer while they are yet speaking i will hear. the wolf and the lamb shall graze together the lion eat straw like a the ox and the dust shall be the serpents food. they shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain says the lord.

the new heavens and the new earth have homes and vineyards and passive animals but they also have people dying and accursed sinners.

so the kingdom of heaven is like a net full of righteous and evil people…and the new heavens and earth will have righteous and evil people.

seriously? what are we to think of such a kingdom? or its king for that matter?

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~ by graceshaker on January 6, 2009.

4 Responses to “whatkinda.net is this?”

  1. Fascinating!!!! What about “they shall not labor in vain, nor bear children for calamity”? I thought that we shall not marry, nor be given in marriage, then?

    Or this….many times he says, “The Kingdom is at hand” and “The Kingdom is even now among you.”

    Fascinating concepts…parallels some of my own.

  2. Have not dug in as deep as I would like. I’ve been sidetracked by a major love, sex and marriage thread (in friendly discussions and my head.) But where do you think the 1,000 year reign fits into this?

  3. assuming a literal 1000 years…

  4. i really havent done enough study on this to offer a response but i think they may be synonymous which is why im curious.

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