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1 In The Footsteps Of The Master: The Life and Times of Jesus Christ Jesus Makes Fishers of Men March 1, 2009

2 Jesus Calls Disciples Matthew 4:18-22 –“ 18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said * to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.” 2

3 Mark’s Version Mark 1:16-20 –“ 16 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 19 Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.” 3

4 For Discussion Where does this meeting take place? –Peter was from Bethsaida on the northeast side of the Sea of Galilee –Likely happened here –Very near Capernaum What does it mean to become “fishers of men”? –They would no longer catch fish to die for sale in the marketplace –Instead they would catch men and set them free to live for Jesus 4

5 A Quick Look Back John 1:35-39 –“ 35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said *, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’ 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said * to them, ‘What do you seek?’ They said to Him, ‘Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?’ 39 He said * to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’ So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.” 5

6 Quick Look (cont.) John 1:40-42 –“ 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He found * first his own brother Simon and said * to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).” 6

7 For Discussion When did this meeting take place? –Shortly after Jesus baptism Who was involved? –Two disciples of John the Baptist –One is identified as Andrew; who was the other? –Probably John, since he never writes of himself in the first person –Andrew then involves his brother Peter Peter, Andrew and John had already encountered Jesus –Does this change the perspective of Jesus’ call in today’s passages? 7

8 For Discussion Did these disciples show any hesitance to follow Jesus’ call? How could they simply abandon their nets, boats, family, etc. and walk away? Let’s look at the example of Elisha 8

9 Elijah’s Calling of Elisha 1 Kings 19:19-21 –“ 19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him. 20 He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” 21 So he returned from following him, and took the pair of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave it to the people and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him.” 9

10 For Discussion Did Elisha show any hesitance to follow Elijah? –He took care of some family business –He destroyed his farming implements –He followed Elijah and served him Must every disciple turn his/her back on everything? 10

11 Peter’s Example 1 Corinthians 9:3-7 –“ 3 My defense to those who examine me is this: 4 Do we not have a right to eat and drink? 5 Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 6 Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working? 7 Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?” 11

12 For Discussion Is Peter’s commitment to Jesus less because he had a wife and took her along when he went from place to place? Perhaps we errantly apply Jesus’ comments to the rich young ruler as a requirement of every disciple –Jesus requires a commitment of the heart –If something stands in the way of that commitment, then it must be abandoned Paul commented that we shouldn’t see a change in status 12

13 Luke’s Account Luke 5:1-3 –“ 1 Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; 2 and He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 And He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.” 13

14 For Discussion Why did Jesus get into the boat? –Did He not like crowds? –It gave the crowd better visibility –The water would help the sound propagate –It also gave him the opportunity to sit down and be heard by a large crowd Whose boat was it? –Would you open up your boat to a stranger? 14

15 Luke’s Account (cont.) Luke 5:4-7 –“ 4 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ 5 Simon answered and said, ‘Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.’ 6 When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; 7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.” 15

16 For Discussion Jesus tells Peter to put his nets into the water for a “catch” What is Peter’s response to the request? –Rational thinking, followed by obedience –Not to minimize Peter’s obedience, but perhaps demonstrates his prior knowledge and encounter with Jesus What is the result of Peter’s obedience? –Many, many, many fish –Nets begin to break; boats begin to sink 16

17 Fishing Net Trivia One commentator observes that these were likely trammel nets, made from linen cloth Would have been easily visible (and avoidable) to fish during the day, but not so at night 17

18 Luke (cont.) Luke 5:8-11 –“ 8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, ‘Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’ 9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.’ 11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.” 18

19 For Discussion Describe Peter’s response to the miraculous catch –Why would he respond this way? An encounter with the Holy One of Israel will always point out our sinfulness and inadequacy 19

20 Isaiah’s Calling Isaiah 6:1-4 –“ 1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.’ 4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.” 20

21 Isaiah (cont.) Isaiah 6:5-7 –“ 5 Then I said, ‘Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.’ 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.’” 21

22 For Discussion Peter’s confession and Jesus’ acceptance harks back to Luke 4:18-19 – “18 T HE S PIRIT OF THE L ORD IS UPON M E, B ECAUSE H E ANOINTED M E TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. H E HAS SENT M E TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, A ND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, T O SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19 T O PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE L ORD.” These disciples “left everything” and followed Jesus –Must we do the same? –Do we have to turn our backs on jobs, family and everything else? 22

23 In Conclusion This whole lesson can be summed up in one simple statement: –“You catch ‘em; He’ll clean ‘em.” “Go and do likewise” 23

24 24 Next Week Jesus Teaches and Heals in Capernaum

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