The miracle of Jesus catching a large number of fish is considered a miracle. This is because the fishermen had fished all night and caught nothing. We need to remember it is Jesus who calls us to be fishers of men. First we must follow Jesus.
Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-10
Jesus stood by the lake of Gennesaret when a large group of people pressed upon him to hear the Word of God. The lake of Gennesaret is also called the Sea of Galilee or the sea of Tiberias. The lake is about 12 by 7 miles below the Mediterranean Sea.
Jesus saw two brothers; Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother. They were casting a net into the sea because they were fishers. (Matthew 4:18).
Jesus saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. Jesus entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and asked him that he would out a little from the land. There Jesus sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
When Jesus had finish speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught (a haul of fish). Simon answered Jesus and said unto him, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”
Once they had lowered their net they enclosed a great multitude of fishes. There were so many fishes that their net broke.
There was so fish that they had to beckon to their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Simon Peter was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken. With Simon Peter were also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
When they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Jesus.
What Can Be Learned From This Lesson?
Jesus told Simon to let down his nets. Simon explained that they had been fishing all night and they did not catch anything. Because Jesus told them to let down the nets Simon obeyed.
Simon Peter knew he was a sinful man and did not want Jesus to be near him. Sometimes people are so aware that they are sinful and they don’t want to go to church or go to the Lord in prayer.
We need to remember this is the Lord’s word: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Keep close to Jesus, and do as Jesus did, in his spirit, and he will make you fishers of men.
We need to remember that it was Jesus Christ who chose the disciple and Jesus invited them to follow Him. Jesus calls us to be fishers of men not because we do great things, or because we are beautiful people. We are called because we are wanted by Jesus to follow Him.
Jesus does not want us to be fishers of the church He wants us to be fishers of men. We cannot make yourself fishers of men it takes following Jesus and He makes us fishers of men. First we must follow Him.
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Holstein, Joanne “The Miracle of Catching a Large Number of Fish:.” Becker Bible Studies Library Jan 2015.< https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2033,>.
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Holstein, Joanne (2015, January) “The Miracle of Catching a Large Number of Fish:.” Becker Bible Studies Library. Retrieved from https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2033,.
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Holstein, Joanne (2015) “The Miracle of Catching a Large Number of Fish:.” Becker Bible Studies Library (January), https://guidedbiblestudies.com/?p=2033, (accessed).