The Kingdom of Heaven is Likened Unto a Net

Matthew 13:47-50

This net is literally a “dragnet.” [Describe the “dragnet” as used by the fisherman.] This illustrates the work of the professing church today. The net is cast into the sea of humanity and great numbers of people, saved and lost, are gathered in from the waters of the nations. In the professing church today there are the professors and the possessors. Some examples include: the Andersons, Mary Angy, Terry Murphy, and Betty Bios. These individuals are examples of profession without possession. When the dragnet is full, the fishermen draw it in and commence to separate the good and the bad fish. Matthew 13:49 tells us, “So shall it be at the end of the world” or rather, the end of the age.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Matthew 13:31-32

Explain the phrase, “the kingdom of heaven.” The kingdom of heaven as illustrated in the seven parables of Matthew 13 is the sphere of Christian profession during this age. This particular parable illustrates what has taken place and is still taking place during the period between Pentecost and the Second Coming. This “mustard seed” was sown at Pentecost. From this small beginning it became a great tree, and the birds came and sheltered in its branches. This illustration is borrowed from the Old Testament (see Daniel 4).

[Show the growth of the “mustard seed,” which represents the Church, and the wheat and the tares:

Acts 1:15 (A.D. 58) - The number of names together was about one hundred and twenty.

Mary, The Lord's Mother

Mathew 1-2, Luke 1-2, and Acts 1:14

Mary, the Lord’s mother, is the most honored woman in the world. The first mention of her is found in Matt. 1:16, which says, “Mary, of whom was born Jesus.” [Note: it is no longer the word “begot” that is used, but it is “of whom.” This is in the feminine singular.] The meaning of Mary is trouble and sorrow - “Mara.” True to her name, Mary had many bitter experiences.

The Inner Veil

Exodus 26:31-35, Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrews 10:20-21

In our study this morning we will look at the unrent veil and its place in the tabernacle. Furthermore, we will look at its physical characteristics (including the material, colors, and cherubim) and the pillars. Then secondly we will look at the rent veil and its symbolic meaning (it is a type of Christ’s death). We will also see its real significance: Man has access to the throne of God and God gives an invitation to come. The subject before us should stir our hearts, for the inner veil has special significance and is of utmost importance.


The Unrent Veil

We will consider this as it appeared in the tabernacle. This veil is a type of our Lord’s human body. Hebrews 10:20-21 says, “Through the veil, that is to say His flesh.” The unrent veil represents our Lord before crucifixion. We also see this veil as a barrier to the priests, who ministered in the Holy Place.

The high priest could only enter the Holy of Holies, behind the veil into God’s presence one day a year. Not a foot fall was heard for another full year. The one thing that prevented this was the unrent veil. This was true until Christ came in the flesh and finished His work. Before Christ’s death mankind was unable to approach a thrice-holy God, except through the high priest. Hebrews 9:7-8 says:

“But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.”  

New Testament (Matthew-John)

Lesson 133: Christ In The Old Testament
Luke 24:44-48; John 5:31-37
Golden Texts John 5:39

The Old Testament is devoted to the prophetic revelation of One Person—Christ; and the exposition of one theme—Redemption. Hebrews 10:7; Luke 24:27; John 5:39.

The Lord Jesus Christ is revealed in many ways in the O. T., but chiefly by prophecy and type.

I. Prophesied. There are 333 distinct prophecies concerning: Christ in the O. T., many of which have been fulfilled and others yet to be fulfilled.

1. As a Man. Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4. Note it is “the seed of the woman, not the man,” i.e., the virgin birth.

2. Of Shem. Genesis 9:26. He was to be of the Shemetic or Semetic race.

3. The Nation. Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18.

4. The Tribe—Judah. Genesis 49:10; cp. Revelation 5:5; Hebrews 7:14.

5. The family—David. 2 Samuel 7:11; Jeremiah 23:5, 6, Isaiah 11:1, 2; Matthew 1:6; 22:42-46.

6. The Town. Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:4-6.

7. The Person. Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6.

8. The Day. Luke 2:11. Cp. Daniel 9:24-27. This coincides to the exact day when Christ made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. See Sir Robert Anderson’s, “The Coming- Prince.”

9. Manner of birth. Isaiah 7:14; 1 Timothy 3:16. He was to be virgin-born.

10. Manner of Life. Isaiah 53:1-3.

11. Manner of Work. Isaiah 42:1, 2; 6, 7; 61:1.

12. Rejection. Isaiah 49:5-7; Isaiah 53:5, 6.

13. Manner of death. Daniel 9:25; Isaiah 53:8; Psalm 22:7.

14. Purpose of death. Psalm 22:22-27; Daniel 9:24; Isaiah 53:6.


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An Ironside Expository Commentary Originally published in 1920. Reprinted in 2005 by Kregel Publications, a division of Kregel, Inc., P.O. Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Scripture quotations marked RV are from the Revised Version of the Holy Bible (Church of England, 1885). Cover design: John M. Lucas Preface Much of the material embodied in this volume has appeared in th...

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