5.5 Called Four Fishermen

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Feb 16 5.5 One time, as Jesus stood by the Galilean Sea,

a crowd pressed for Gods word. He saw two boats shored by fishermen who were washing their nets, and got into the one owned by Simon and asked him to push offshore a little. From there, he sat down and taught the people. When he finished, he told Peter, “Row into the deep and lower your nets1 for a catch!” Simon answered, “Master, we fished hard all night and caught nothing,2 but because you say so, Ill try again.” As they did, they caught so much fish their nets tore. They signaled for help from their partners in the other boat, who then came and filled both boats to the point of sinking.

Feb 17 Seeing this, Simon Peter fell at Jesus knees, saying, “Leave me, Lord; Im a sinful man,” For he, his team, and James and John, Zebedees sons who were his partners, were amazed at the huge catch.

Jesus said to Peter, “Dont fear, from now on you will be fishers of men.” Immediately, they, Andrew inclusive, beached their boats, left all and followed him.3 Further on, he saw Zebedees sons, James and John in their boat mending nets. Immediately he called them, they left4 their father Zebedee in the boat with hired men and followed5 Jesus.