Biblical Storytime: Fisher of Men
Welcome to Biblical Storytime!
So, y’all this is a rare occasion in which my story will match my picture! #ayyyyee?
Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:18-22
When I think about the word fishermen in this context, I think about the literal and the figurative meaning of the word. The first disciples in the Bible were actually “fishing” when Jesus saw them while he was walking along the sea of Galilee. (Matthew 4:18, 21) #literalexample
Then Jesus told them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”(Matthew 4:19) #figurativeexample
First off, Jesus was so convincing that Simon, Andrew, John, and James all abandoned their jobs as fishermen without question to follow him. I have 7 sisters and 1 brother. The beautiful thing that I noticed was Jesus called both of the sets of brothers together and they didn’t have to go follow Jesus alone. #community
Subsequently, I noted the scripture says in the message bible, “they drop their nets” (Matthew 4:20). In my mind I picture them throwing their nets and saying “I quit”. ?Can you imagine quitting your job and then going to hang out with the King of Kings on a daily?!!! #howsway
Before I forget, let me reference this figurative example – which is really more spiritual. Jesus calls them to be his disciples and then to evangelize and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others (fisher of men). This reference is really about discipleship. As Christians, we are called to be fishers of men for Christ and share the good news of Jesus with others.
Question of the Day: How are you discipling others?
Other Biblical References in the other gospels: Mark 1:16-20, Luke 5:2-11 or John 1:40-42