Jesus sat with the disciples after teaching the people. He had been teaching in parables to the multitude, and the disciples were confused. After explaining the first parables, He continued with new ones for the disciples to help them understand the kingdom of His Father. He began,
“The kingdom of God is like a great net that is cast into the sea and caught every kind of fish. The fishermen pulled in the net from the shore. Then they sat down and sorted the fish, saving the good and throwing back the bad. This is what will happen at the end of the world. The angels will come and sort the good from the bad, and the evil will be thrown into the fires of hell. It is like leaven.
A woman took a little bit of leaven, then mixed it into a big ball of dough. The leaven worked in the dough until it was all raised up. The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows it is the biggest of all herbs. It grows into a tree, so that birds can come and live in its branches. The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant, who searches the markets of the world looking for good pearls.
In one particular market, he finds the best pearl he has ever seen. He goes and sells all he owns, then buys the pearl and is happy.The kingdom of God is like a treasure buried in a field. When a certain man discovered it, he happily hides it again. Then he sells all he owns and buys the field so he will own the treasure.
Finally, every scribe of the Law of Moses is like a man who owns a house, and from his household treasure he shows things that are new and old, loving the old understanding of the kingdom and rejoicing in new.”