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Lesson # Luke 5:5-11
Study Material - Luke 5:5-11
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.
5 And Simon answered and said, 'Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your bidding I will let down the nets.' 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish; and their nets began to break; 7 and they signaled to their partners in the other boat, for them to come and help them. And they came, and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, 'Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!' 9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.' 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.
Simon tells Jesus nothing that He, Jesus, does not already know. Man works all day and night, that is, man works all his life and in the end, if he has no spiritual life, then he has worked for nothing. Regardless of how brilliant, articulate, talented, or not that he may be, all work (or even lack of it, for the wealthy who direct work, or the lazy who simply don't) is for nothing.
We cannot command the sun to rise or set. We cannot command our lives in the way we wish to see them go. Except through the grace of God, we would have nothing, we would not even exist. Therefore, Simon complies when Jesus commands him to sail out to the deeper water and to drop the nets.
The obvious, to Simon, is that this is a great waste of time. Simon is a fisherman. Any good fisherman knows that you have to go where the fish are. Simply going out a way and them dropping your lines generally gets you nothing. There is a science to it all, ya know! A good boat, snacks, and a six pack generally help the results!!!
The nets become so filled that they overload both boats to the point that they both begin to sink. That is a lot of fish, and if anyone else were to tell of such a story (fishing tail), then no one would believe it. But here are two boats overloaded, riding low in the water to the point of sinking. And so they return to shore.
The fish are not taken to market, but left behind so that these men could follow Christ, the one who has overwhelmed them with this miracle. Peter was overwhelmed the most. Certainly James and John, were not very far behind because they are the sons of thunder. As that was their fathers name, Zebedee. Having a dad with a name like that, you just do not walk away from easily. Jesus' miracle has convinced them beyond any doubt that this was their destiny.
Convincing us to change anything in life sometimes take quite a jarring to our life before we are indeed convinced. Many a person will procrastinate regarding Bible study. Some are wishy-washy in their decisions. Requiring more miraculous events to convince them that God is real and that they need God in their lives.
Still others can see the miracle of the rescue of those miners a week ago, and the call goes out to their souls. While others see the rescue as no more than an organized effort of men and equipment, and a little luck. Then there are those seven men and one woman in the New York towers that were attacked last September, who were leaving the towers and between the third and fourth floors, when the tower came down all around them. All 110 floors crashing down. They were in a pocket and unharmed. Not a miracle?
These are events of others lives. What about your life? What does it take to convince each one of us that we need God in our life? What does it take for those who ride on the fence of indecision, who study the Bible on the one hand, but still cling to their old ways of gossip or whatever it is you do in disregard to doctrine? To the fence riders, there will come a time when trouble will come calling. Better to have a miracle like Simon's. Nets full of fish. Things could be worse in life than the smell of fish.
Without Christ in our lives, we will come up empty regardless of our level of work to be good people. With Christ in our lives, then we will benefit to the point of overflowing prosperity.
Simon was a fisher of fish. This is a worldly function and one fishing trip does not satisfy the needs of everyone for all time. Simon had to go out daily to catch fish, and again the next day. Simon was now to become a fisher of men, bringing Bible doctrine to their souls, and giving each the opportunity to become satisfied for all time. An end which has eternal impact.
Simon was astonished by the catch. Jesus tells us that He will show us things beyond our imagination. Catching fish is nothing on the scale, as far as miracles.
The nets full of fish broke. The church of old broke. Mans efforts to 'better' what God has done, always fail. The nets of the future (true spiritual growth with Bible doctrine, salvation through faith in Christ) will hold up for all of eternity, and will never break.
Sooner or later we all face a decision. To either ignore Christ and continue our old ways, the ways of life to which we are accustomed, or to change our life and begin a daily Bible study, committing ourselves to learn doctrine, get into fellowship, apply what we learn to our daily lives, and grow up spiritually.
We can also ride the fence and try to have it both ways. Study but not really learn anything, and keep our little pet habits. This won't work and trouble is waiting for you. Why commit yourself to a future of grief?
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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