Mutual Rejection

Jesus again wanted to teach them that the faithfulness of God’s servants, and the unfaithfulness of God’s enemies, will ultimately be judged by God.  So he told them this last story (72):

“Some fishermen throw their net out in the lake and catch all kinds of fish. When the net is full, they pull it to shore and sit down to divide the fish: the good ones are kept and the worthless ones are thrown away.”


Jesus explained: “It will be like this at the end of time: the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good; they will throw those evil people into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and grind their teeth in perpetual pain.”

Then Jesus asked his students: “Do you understand these things?”  “Yes,” they answered tentatively. 

Finally, to emphasize that the new message of God (given through Jesus) enriches the old message of God (given through Moses), Jesus then told them: “Every teacher of the law who becomes a true friend of God is like a homeowner, who keeps new things along with old things in his storage room.”   

When Jesus finished telling these stories, he went again to his hometown of Nazareth. He taught again in the synagogue, and those who heard him were again amazed. They asked one another: “Where did he get such wisdom? How does he do those miracles? Isn’t he the son of Joseph, the carpenter? Isn’t Mary his mother?  Aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, & Judas? Aren’t all his sisters living here? Who does he think he is?”

Rejection Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Dramatic Storm Clouds and Sky.

When they refused to accept that Jesus had come from God, Jesus said to them, “A prophet is respected everywhere — except in his own hometown & among his own family.”

Because they were determined not to have faith in him, Jesus didn’t perform many miracles there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them. He prayed for those people who were without faith.


(72) Matthew 13:47-58, Mark 6:1-6