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Lesson # Luke 5:1-4
Study Material - Luke 5:1-4
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1 Now it came about that while the multitude were 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 multitudes from the boat. 4 And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.'
It is probably important to note here that Jesus did may things, emphasis on many, that were not recorded in the Bible, Jn. 20:30. We can only imagine the many things that He actually did, and wonder just why more people did not follow Him. In the history of mankind there was never such a man, nor since that time, nor ever will be anyone like Christ. He is the unique person of the universe.
He commands demons. He commands disease. Now we will see that he commands the fish.
Many people were crowding around Him. Their curiosity of Him brought them to see just what all the rumors were about. Recall in the last chapter, that information spread, in rumor form, all over the region, and consequently many people came to see, and to get some problem in their life fixed. This is only natural for anyone who is hurting either mentally or physically, and that covers all of us at some point in our life time. Many are in pain due to physical ailments. Many are in pain due to mental anxieties, worries, and so forth. Of course the sources of all problems are from a huge number of areas that exist in each of our lives. Many will be the number of the descendants of Abraham, Gen. 22:17, but only a few will be saved, and fewer still will advance to maturity, Rom. 9:27. Many come out of curiosity or a quick fix for their lives. If things do not happen fast enough, then they fade to other 'better' things in their lives.
Jesus put out to sea (just of shore) in the boat left by the fishermen. They were in early and cleaning their nets, rather than in late and unloading their nets, because they had caught no fish for the day.
Jesus taught, and then He demonstrated His teaching - the catching of many fish. We can presume that the subject of His teaching had something to do with what He was teaching. Wouldn't make sense that He would be talking about the weather then catch some fish. God is organized in His thinking and does things that fit together and make sense together. God does not randomly do things that are totally unrelated.
The crowd was a bit rude. They pressed close pushing Jesus to move out onto a boat for His speaking platform. People who are truly interested in Bible doctrine will be polite, patient, flexible, and will not have an agenda or a list of wishes as their requirement before listening to God. Also, they will not wear their feelings on their sleeves (arrogant self righteousness). They won't be offended (superficiality) by things said, or done in life. Remember that this world is a jungle and many vulgar things occur in a jungle. Nothing to get overly upset about. God has everything under control.
By just getting near to Christ physically, you will not grow up spiritually. By hearing what He has to teach, will accelerate your spiritual growth. Judas stood near to Christ for three years and learned nothing. He did not listen, nor was he interested in anything but his own personal gain (easy money).
Gennesaret lake is a smooth lake, like a sheet of glass. It is 12 miles long and seven miles wide at its widest point. It stands for, 'garden of princes.' The Jordan river flows into it and through it.
Where Christ is, so there is peace and serenity, and blessing. At that point in time, Capernaum was a busy port and cross roads of commerce. Many people came there to trade and carry on business. Christ chose this point to demonstrate to all, that the world is like a fishing port. He will soon order Simon to take the boat out to deeper water. The deep waters represent to depths to which man has fallen in history, but there is always a net of rescue available to save them, retrieving them from the depths of misery. Fish of course can live in the waters, but man cannot. The net of salvation is always there, unbroken and can hold beyond its capacity. Fish have no sense and will come into the net. Man has sense, but tends to avoid the safety net provided.
Jesus has already demonstrated His power over the unseen threats to mankind (demons, disease). Now He will demonstrate the prosperity that will come when His commands are followed. The fishermen have already come back to shore. Their day was miserable. They caught nothing. Man can really do nothing in his life, unless God is involved in his life. Reject God, and you reject every opportunity you'll ever have in life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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