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Lesson # Matt. 4:18-22
Study Material - Matt. 4:18-22
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
18 And walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' 20 And they immediately left the nets, and followed Him. 21 And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 And they immediately left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
In John 1, we saw earlier in Christ's ministry (about a year earlier) when John the Baptist was still baptizing and evangelizing on the Jordan River, that John, Peter, Andrew, Philip and Nathanael were positive toward God. They were at the river and met Christ, and Peter, Andrew, and John went home at some point in time. Peter and Andrew lived in Galilee, near Capernaum, on the Sea of Galilee (The Sea of Gennesaret). Though they followed Jesus for a brief time earlier, they are now called for permanent service to Christ.
Thus far we have seen Jesus' ministry reaching out to mankind in general. To unbelievers who need to believe and become saved for eternal condemnation. Also to negative believers who need to change their attitude about God and move forward in their spiritual lives, rather than imitating unbelievers in their carnal lives here on this earth.
Now Jesus' ministry begins the selection of specific positive believers. A call to individuals to follow Him for specific purposes. Not many mighty are called, but those who are called and who respond, then regardless of their background, they become mighty in their spiritual lives. Far surpassing anything they or any person could attain in this physical world.
Jesus saw Andrew and Peter fishing. They were poor men, fishermen, but employed and active in their lives. They were believers in the Savior, the Son of God, the Messiah, in Jesus Christ, and they were positive toward Gods Word. They were common men. Jesus did not go to the courts of Rome or even Jerusalem to find followers. He did not go to the Temple in Jerusalem to find among the priests, adequately trained followers for teaching His Word, His gospel. Andrew, Peter, James and John may not have had fancy education's, but they were businessmen and had common sense.
The former two were fishing and the latter two were mending nets. They were active in their lives. They were motivated to do something with their lives. And, as we have already seen in John, they were interested enough in Bible doctrine that they went to the Jordan where John the Baptist was baptizing and teaching. So their positive attitude toward doctrine was not just a passing fad, but a yearning to know more.
They each respectively left their former lives without hesitation to follow Christ, which gives us our lesson for the day. To leave that which is old in our lives, our sin nature, and follow Christ, which is Bible doctrine. Now we do not quit our jobs to go out onto the street corner and begin shouting the gospel. Quite the contrary we are commanded and expected to obey God and repent (change our minds), be positive and respond just as these four men did. To execute our daily Bible study without hesitation, to want to learn, to want to grow up spiritually. To not just want some kind of quick fix in our lives, using God as the magic, and then resume our former sin nature led lives. But to want a permanent change, a long term commitment to continued study and growth.
Life can swirl around us and get us really busy. Giving us an excuse for not doing the things that we are supposed to be doing, like skipping Bible study. God is constantly walking near by calling each one of us. The question is whether or not we actually are hearing that call, or ignoring it with selective hearing. Do we get upset when the Bible calls our sins down on us? Do we go into a rage in defense of our negative attitude. Or do we recognize the authority of the Bible and respond appropriately?
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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