Friday, November 19, 2021
18-20 Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake: it was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions but simply dropped their nets and followed.
21-22 A short distance down the beach, they came upon another pair of brothers, James and John, Zebedee’s sons. These two were sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their fishnets. Jesus made the same offer to them, and they were just as quick to follow, abandoning boat and father.
-Matthew 4:18-22 The Message
Verse 18: Now, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
Verse 18 study: The Sea of Galilee is a large lake. There were about 30 fishing towns that surrounded it during Jesus’ day, and Capernaum was the largest.
Verse 19: And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of people.”
Verse 20: Immediately, they left their nets and followed Him.
Verses 18-20 studies: Jesus told Peter and Andrew to leave their fishing business and become “fishers of men,” to help others find God. Since we learned that Jesus told them that, do you believe that Jesus allows others to start a group to find God? I’ve seen motorcycle clubs in finding God, strip clubs, groups for Alcohol Anonymous, Pornography, all sorts of groups started not only to combat those addictions but for those who have hobbies to begin their own to strengthen those to find God. Jesus did with Peter and Andrew to call them away from the productive trades to be productive spiritually. We all can fish for souls. Practicing Christ’s teachings and sharing the gospel with others, we can draw those around us to Christ, like fishermen who pull fish into his boat with nets.
Verses 19-20: The men already knew Jesus. Back in John 1:35-42, Jesus talked to Peter and Andrew and preached in the area. So when Jesus called them, they knew what kind of man he was and were willing to follow him. They weren’t in a trance when they decided to follow him, but they were convinced that following Jesus would change their lives forever.
Verse 21: Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets; and He called them.
Verse 22: Immediately, they left the boat and their father and followed Him.
Verses 21-22 studies: Peter, Andrew, John, and his brother James were the first disciples Jesus called to work with. Jesus motivated these men to get up and leave their jobs immediately. They did not make any excuses about why it was not a good time. They left and followed. Jesus called us to follow him, and when he does, he asks us to serve him; we must be like the disciples and do it at once.
As we continue to learn to be faithful to you, Father, let us be open-minded to doing whatever you call us to do. Yes, it is scary, but the risk is worth it when we listen. The disciples didn’t hesitate; we see the result. We should be ready when you call us. Let be ready when you call us. In Jesus’ name. Amen!