Texts: Luke 5:1-11; 8:1-3
Speaker: Joel Miller
Luke 5 tells the story of Jesus calling his first disciples.
He’s standing by Lake Gennesaret, a local name for the Sea of Galilee. It’s early in his public ministry, but he’s already well known. A crowd forms around him, “pressing in” as Luke says. Jesus needs some space. His solution is to borrow a nearby boat, climbing in, asking its owners to put out into the lake a bit. From this floating pulpit, Jesus teaches the crowds.
The teaching session ends, and the focus of the story shifts away from the crowds and toward the fishermen who are left in the boat with Jesus. The boat belongs to Simon Peter. Other gospels indicate his brother Andrew was there too. Jesus tells them to push out even further, to deep water, and let down their nets. They’d been working all night with nothing to show for it, but Simon agrees to give it one more go. They let down their nets. This time they catch so many fish they have to call over their business partners to help them pull it in. Another set of brothers, James and John, bring their...