1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
Sometimes we can fish all the night long and yet still catch nothing!!
16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
But Jesus made us fishers of men! As a fisher one can cast their net all night long and yet not find anything! Here are professional fishers of men casting their net all the night long and yet finding no one! Where were the fish in the Sea of Galilee also known as the sea of Tiberias swimming about? The sea of Galilee is approximately 33 miles in circumference, 13 miles in length, and about 8 miles wide!
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Though the fish are all over the face of the Earth and there be many fishers of men, yet the nets many times are never full! Though we cast out the net day and night and cry aloud “Save yourselves from this untoward generation”, (Acts 2:40) yet even as the Sea of Galilee our nets continually come back empty or with but a few!
Where are the fish cried one fishermen to another!
5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
The fish could be just another cast away! Just another letting down of the net! Just another minute of your time! Just another prayer away!
But many fish have already been dragged into the nets of the false pastors, teachers and prophets! Many of these fish love the waters that they now swim in! It is a nice paradise to them even though the waters be cold and the waters be shallow! But if we swim here, we will not have to be bothered by rules and commandments! For we are saved by grace alone and our preacher said it was so! But didn’t you know that if you follow after grace you must apply what the grace of God teaches you? “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”. (Titus 2:11-12)
OH DON’T TELL US THAT!! LEAVE US ALONE!! THE WATERS ARE FINE WHERE WE SWIM AROUND!!
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
OH LEAVE US ALONE!! WE HAVE MOHAMMED AND THE TEACHING OF ISLAM TO LEAD US TO TRUTH!!
6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
OH LEAVE US ALONE!! WE HAVE BEEN ENLIGHTENED BY THE TEACHINGS OF BUDDHA AND THE PATH OF THE WISE!!
“The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.” (Proverbs 10:21) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) “Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.” (Proverbs 23:9)
Nevertheless we must keep fishing!! We must continue to cast out our nets and to change the bait upon our hooks!!
5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
What are you fishing for? You are fishing for the souls of men!! “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)
Must I cast yet again?
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:7-10)
A fishermen is going to have to get his hands dirty if he wishes to receive the fruit of his labor!! What bait have you brought with you today and what type of rod and reel? Are you going deep sea fishing today or are you fishing for trout!! What fish are we seeking to add to the kingdom of God today!!
Get your tackle box and gear!! Grab your rods and reels!! For whether salty or fresh we got to grab them by their heels!!
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
Gather together the nets!! Cast them both far and wide!! For we have the Lord Jesus on our side!!
10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
Season the fish with salt!! Let the Holy Ghost Fire arise!! For there be many fish left in the waters of demise!!
“Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:34-35) “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” (Matthew 5:13-15)
Some fish are skinned!! Others are fried!! But every heart of man shall be tried!!
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Let the fishermen be not unwise nor without skill!! Let him search the scriptures and be ready to give account!! For though the waters be raging we will surmount!!
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1 Peter 3:15-16
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
2 Kings 6:15-17
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Be not weary fishers of men!! Cast out your nets once again!! For there be many fish left for us to win!!
“But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:9-12) “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatans 6:9)
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