Fishing For Disciples

Normally “fishing stories” are associated with exaggerations and misrepresentations…but in our study in Luke 5:1-11, we will see another kind of fish story.

“Fishin’ With Jesus” could have been a cool show for early morning local TV.  Better yet, Discovery could have done a new reality series called “Heaviest Catch”… except it might have gotten a little monotonous after a while.  You’d do interviews and back-stories on the local fishermen shot on location at the local pub, get tours of their fishing vessels and quick instructions on how they go about deciding where and when to fish and what equipment they use.

Then the big moment when Jesus is introduced to them and he goes out on a fishing run with them.  Each show would have a predictable ending, where everything looks like they’re going to get skunked…and then the hand-held cameras start shaking around and you hear shouting and when the lense finally finds it’s stable focus…you see the fishing nets filled to beyond capacity and the boat is listing and Jesus is laughing telling the greenhorn that he has a sister who could pull the net faster than him. Cut to theme song and teaser for next week’s episode.

The thing is, in the story about Jesus and the big catch of fish, we find that miracle is actually only the platform being used to tell another story.  A story that teaches us something about what it means to follow Jesus.  The reason we know this is because in v10, Jesus merges the act of literal fishing with his call on Peter’s life to advance the message of the Kingdom of God, revealing to us that the whole story is a living metaphor.  As best we can make out, a metaphor about following Jesus…being a disciple.

As you read the story, break it up into four parts.  Read v1-3 and think about Simon’s (Peter’s) role.  What Did Jesus ask of him, what did he do…and how can you translate that to YOUR life?

Then read v4-7 and consider the same things concerning Peter and Jesus.  Again, read v8-10 considering the same questions.  Finally, read v11 and re-read it and then read it again, and ask yourself, what does this mean about ME?

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts.  See yaz Sunday.

2 comments

  1. Could it be one lesson is that: As in fishing, we can’t see below the surface of the water. Many times there seems to be nothing going on; no results or progress. We must be willing to let down the nets again and again.

  2. V 1-7 I found it interesting that while Jesus was preaching to the multitudes, fisherman standing by their boats were also in his vision. And he called out to them, instead of preaching with just words, he asked something of them that would teach them. the question maybe, Are we looking outside of the multitudes in our lives to those who may want to hear, but can’t. Are we applying one method in our lives to spread the word, when other methods are needed. Did I come to belief simply by hearing the word? If not, why is that the only method I use? “Preach the gospel everyday, and when necessary use words”

    V 8-11 Could it be that odd saying “Actions speak louder than words”. Isn’t it said that when the people heard his words, they were Amazed. They had never heard these words before. But looking back, what is the response when Jesus has performed a miracle? They are humbled, grateful, “They forsook all and followed him”

    Remember the words of the centurian when Christ died on the cross. “Truly this was the Son of God”.

    I heard someone ask in song the other day a question that may compare words and actions as well. The singer asks, “Have you been washed in the water or the blood?”

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