“Sign Me Up!”
There is an axiom about building a team, “Hire for character, educate for competency.” A lot has been made in the Church about who Jesus selected as His disciples. Would they pass the muster in the mega-church of today? Let’s look together.
Luke 5:1-11 Clocking in at work.
All four Gospels give descriptions of Jesus selecting His 12 disciples. Why twelve? _________
____________________________________________________________________________ So backing up to 4:44 the thought is perfectly connected with verse 1: “And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee. So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret”. We establish that He is ministering in this region and has been preaching in various synagogues within the region. Whether the fishermen had heard Him at some point we don’t know but my guess is, they had.
So the seemingly casual call to the disciples, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19 & Mark 1:17 ) gains greater context. _________________________________
Some context about Rabbinic schools. In verse 5, Peter refers to Jesus as “Master” which in that culture was a synonym for Teacher or Rabbi. __________________________________ Acts 22:3, “I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today.” Paul is talking about His Rabbinic schooling.
So when Jesus calls to these fishermen, they are somewhat shocked that this Rabbi is selecting them. “You didn’t choose Me, I chose you.” And just like Jesus mission statement that we looked at last week from Isaiah 61, He came for the afflicted and now He is going to use a new priesthood to reach them, what we have come to understand as the “priesthood of the believers.” (see 1st Peter chapter 2)
So back to our text, verse 2 shows Jesus getting into Peter’s boat _____________________
__________________________________________________________________________ 1. So Jesus preached, because the word of God is powerful and many were eager to hear.
2. Then Jesus turns aside to a specific lesson for the fishermen: “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” _______________________________________________ Peter understands authority so He says, “nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” ________________________________________ Who do you think can catch the most fish?
3. The result of faithfulness is pretty incredible. __________________________________
4. So these fishermen, in the midst of the greatest catch of their fishing careers, are just moments away from potentially losing their boats, nets, and lively hood.
5. Jesus says, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
The conclusion of the matter: Verse 11 – “So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” ________________________________________________
I have chosen to point out scenes of symmetry during our study of Luke and I have to go to the Gospel of John to look at today’s symmetry. Remember, John was the witness to how these four disciples were called. A great catch of fish. He also provides the only Gospel account of the 2nd miraculous catch: John 21:1-17
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