5 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
1. Let Jesus use your stuff
So, our Hero is standing by a lake. WE know this lake as the Sea of Galilee.
So, he’s standing by a lake named Gennesaret. Did you know that the name of this lake translates to “Harp”? Very interesting? A harp- we associate with what? Angels. The living word of God is called the “Logos”. Logos means Word of God. Jesus is named as the Word became flesh or the Logos. So, The Word goes out on the lake named Harp to speak to the crowd. The crowd wanted to hear the Word of God. I bet it sounded like a sweet symphony when Jesus spoke.
People wanted to hear Him speak.
The people pressed in.
So, if you guys don’t know this. A lake has natural acoustics that makes sound travel on top of it so people can hear. You should try it next time you go to a lake. See how your voice travels when you’re on a boat. It’s really fascinating and it works.
So, Jesus surveys the scene, sees the boat, note that the fisherman were not in the boats. They were washing the salt water off their nets.
So, the Word of God is going to be shared.
This is something that we will honor. The simple sharing of the Word of God, line-upon-line and verse-and-upon-verse. The Word of God is what changes people. The Word is what changes the culture. I believe that there are many good stories to be told and analogies to be had, but the Word of God is what we need.
So, have you ever thought like me, why the fisherman would wash the nets?
I came across and it was too good not share with y’all.
Washing the Nets - Why would these fishermen be washing their nets? Good question, right? Any good net is going to pick up debris. If you do not wash the net this is what will happen. 1. The Fumes of Decay: The net will stink up the boat. Nets catch dead fish, mud, and seaweed from off the bottom of the lake or sea. This debris is pulled into the boat when the net is retrieved and will rot and stink if the net is not cleaned. If the fish and mollusks were not cleared from the nets, rats would feed on the dead debris and chew on the nets, making big holes in them. 2. The Flimsiness of the Cord: If the net is not washed, the cord of the net will eventually rot and weaken the net, making it unreliable, ineffective, and useless. 3. Frustration for the Fishermen: If the net is not cleaned, it will make the work of the fishermen much more difficult. Why? The net is meant to be almost invisible and to easily slide through the waters of the sea. Debris will hinder the ease of the movement of the net. 4. The Fish will be Frightened: The net will frighten the fish if it is not clean. Fish can see a dirty net, even from a long distance. Because of its low location, the Sea of Galilee did not have a lot of movement and tidal flow to stir up the water. There was not a large amount of silt in this sea. This was a problem for net fishermen. The water was usually very clear, making it easier for the fish to see the nets and the boats. This is why most of the fishing was done at night in this region. Does this make sense.
So now let’s get back to the point. Jesus uses the fisherman’s boat. So, Peter is probably working in the background while the crowd again is pressing in. HE’s doing something. It could be that Peter was busy working, but he listens to Jesus and humbles himself.
Peter probably himself knew the sound traveling over the water. So, he sees the scene and stops what he’s doing and puts out the boat.
So, my question to all of us today, even when we are busy or doing something, have you ever had Jesus ask you to do something and you did it, or begrudgingly did it? I can say I have, sadly.
As this unfolds, listen to the first step, if Jesus asks you to use something of yours, do you let him?
This boat was Peter’s livelihood. This boat represented the means to which Peter made money and took care of his family. Obviously Peter doesn’t think the Lord is going to ruin the boat, but as the story unfolds, it might have appeared to Peter as a bit of a hassle. Maybe or maybe not, but Peter puts Jesus on the boat and our scene now develops.
My friends, if Jesus wants your business, your car, your house, your farm, your land or your boat, let him use it and use you in it. Be prepared when you walk in the Spirit to see Jesus ask you to use your stuff.
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
2. Do you do what Jesus ask of you?
So, don’t forget that Simon is busy washing nets. He stopped what he was doing to help Jesus get in the water with his boat. Now Jesus wants him to launch and re-use the nets that you just mended and washed from last night. I would be in my head thinking, “what’s going on”.
We are going to develop the rest of the story, but let’s stop here without knowing the rest. This is the dialogue. Sometimes in our lives we ask questions to get responses.
I have been in sales all my life; I am trained to do this and I know what the potential answer is before it’s expelled from the mouth of the person I am conversing with.
But lets’ stop here, now.
If Jesus was to stop and tell you now, hey Donnie launch out into the deep without knowing anything.