When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deeper part, and let down your nets for a catch.” . . . When they did so, they caught such a huge number of fish that their nets began to break. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. So they came, and filled both the boats, and they began to sink. (5:4, 6-7)
What a great reminder that the blessings of God can be that immense! Oh, to experience that in the areas of our lives that seem so vacant of goodness and provision!
At the same time, Luke shows us that this blessing of abundant fish had an illustrative purpose: to show the new disciples that just as he can bless the work they are used to doing, likewise Jesus could bless the new “fishing” business he is calling them to that may seem foreign and daunting.
“Don’t be afraid,” said Jesus to Simon. “From now on you’ll be catching people.” (5:10b)
It’s all about trust.