Luke 5: What A Catch!

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.

How could a recent blessing be evidence that we can trust God for something new and different in the future? 

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5 thoughts on “Luke 5: What A Catch!

  1. Umm Muhamamd

    Hi jason,

    This post reminded me of the miracles of prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. You can read about it here.

    Umm Muhammad

  2. Todd

    Besides His abundant provision, one of the things I like about this story is that it demonstrates Christ’s understanding of what it is like to leave one thing for another. Jesus blessed His friends with a whopper of a fishing story on the eve of their retirement from that profession. They would forever remember it, and were, I’m sure, freed from the imaginary dream of the “big catch” they never got. Disappointment is a drag! The disciples were liberated from it by their simple act of obedience. Can you imagine how the story might have ended if they responded according to their feelings in the moment of despair? The result might have been perpetual unfulfilled longing rather than joy.

  3. “Your cleansed and obedient life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.” Exactly!

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