which, when it was filled, they drew up on the shore, and they sat down and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away. Bible other translations

“when it was filled.” Here we see God’s timing in bringing His Kingdom to pass on earth and a detail in the parable that is different from fishing in real life. In the parable, the net was not drawn up until it was filled, whereas in real life the net is drawn up but there is no way of knowing until it gets into very shallow water if there are many fish in it or not. However, when it comes to bringing the Kingdom of Heaven into fulfillment here on earth, God will wait until He knows the saved have reached whatever full number He had in mind.

“but the bad they threw away.” The world would have us believe that every human is equally valuable, but that is not the testimony of the Word of God. Every person has the opportunity to be valuable by recognizing and obeying God, but those who ignore God or reject God or deny God have denied their Creator and thus prove themselves unfit to be in His everlasting Kingdom. God created people to love and serve Him and love and serve each other, and those who will not do that will be “thrown away,” they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and annihilated.

[For more on annihilation in the Lake of Fire, see Appendix 5, “Annihilation in the Lake of Fire.”]

Commentary for: Matthew 13:48