Thoughts this morning.
1 One day, as Yeshua was standing on the shore of Lake Kinneret,(Gennesaret) with the people pressing in around him in order to hear the word of God,
2 he noticed two boats pulled up on the beach, left there by the fishermen, who were cleaning their nets.
3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Shim‘on, (Simon’s) and asked him to put out a little way from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Shim‘on, “Put out into deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 Shim‘on answered, “We’ve worked hard all night long, Rabbi, and haven’t caught a thing! But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.”
6 They did this and took in so many fish that their nets began to tear.
7 So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; and they came and filled both boats to the point of sinking.
8 When he saw this, Shim‘on Kefa (Peter)fell at Yeshua’s knees and said, “Get away from me, sir, because I’m a sinner!”
9 For astonishment had seized him and everyone with him at the catch of fish they had taken,
10 and likewise both Ya‘akov and Yochanan, (James and John, the sons of Zebedee) Shim‘on’s partners. “Don’t be frightened,” Yeshua said to Shim‘on, “from now on you will be catching men — alive!”
11 And as soon as they had beached their boats, they left everything behind and followed him. [English names added kwt] source
Verse 1 – in order to hear the Word of GOD. THIS! The people came to Him to hear the Word of GOD from the Word of GOD (see John 1:1-4). And the Word to us is we are sinners in need of a Savior and Yeshua or JESUS if you prefer IS the only Savior of mankind!
They came to Him. They sought Him out. In other passages of Scripture, we are told the people came because they had eaten the bread He provided to them previously (see John 6:2); but here, these came to HEAR. How excellent is that?! Oh, that people would seek Him out TODAY to hear what He has said.
Verse 4 – “Put out into deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.”
The Text indicates to me this miracle had multiple purposes.
And, to me, one of those purposes is to tell me and hopefully you that GOD cares about your employment; He cares about your material needs and mine. He cares about the work you do to put food on the table for your family.
But even more relative and more needful is that we catch and rescue people from the depths of sin and depravity – so they can LIVE and be nourished and thrive in the Presence of JESUS.
We were meant for this,