Title: The Messiah’s authority over nature
Scriptures to Read: Read Mark 1:16-20; Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-11
Jesus second preaching tour
If you are following this series closely, you will notice that we skipped a few verses found in Mark 1:35-39; Matthew 4:23-25; Luke 4:42-44. These verses tell us about Jesus second preaching tour in Galilee.
The recall of the disciples
We now have the recall of the disciples Peter, Andrew, John and the addition of the sixth disciple, James the brother of John.
Jesus teaches the multitudes in a sitting position
Notice the position of Jesus as a Rabbi. Luke’s account, at the end of verse 3 says: “He sat down and began teaching the people.” The Rabbis always taught in a sitting position.
Peter recognizes that Jesus authority supersedes his experience
After teaching them, he says to the disciples to “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch”. But Peter as the fisherman responds: “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets”. The implication is that he says, you are not the fisherman, you are the carpenter. I’m the fisherman, and my experience tells me that if you didn’t catch them during the night hours you won’t catch them during the day hours because when the sun hits the water the fish go deeper into the lake. But he recognized that the authority of the Messiah supersedes the authority of his experience. Therefore, he let down the nets. And to their surprise they catch a multitude of fish. And they filled their boats with so much fish that their boats began sinking.
Peter realizes his sinfulness before Jesus
And when Peter recognized his authority over nature, Luke records in verse 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!” If we compare ourselves with other people we can always come out looking good. There is always somebody out there worse than we are. But the proper comparison is not between us and other people, but between us and the Lord. And when we see ourselves against the Lord we have to respond the same way Peter does. “We are sinners, O Lord.”
Jesus calls these fishermen to full time discipleship
But at this time Jesus calls him and the other disciples into full time discipleship: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men”. The result is that they leave their fishing business. Keep in mind that for them this is a total commitment. This is their source of income. Now they have to trust him to provide their income as they travel with him as His disciples.