Luke 5

Luke 5: Peter is called to Fish

                While Jesus was in Galilee the people pressed Him to hear the word of God as He stood by the lake of Gennesaret. Jesus goes to one of the ships, which was owned by Simon and enters into the ship and has him pull a little ways away from the shore, where He could teach everyone present from a distance. After He was done speaking He commanded Simon to launch his boat out into the lake to catch some fish. Simon tells Jesus that they did not have any luck catching fish all day, but he says he will listen to Jesus. On the command of Jesus they let down the net, only to discover that the net was so filled with fish that it not only broke the net, but almost caused both ships to sink under the immense weight.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the feet of Jesus and said; “…Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him… James, and John, the sons of Zebedee… Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” (Luke 5:8-10)

                When they returned to shore, the men on the ship abandoned everyone they knew and followed Jesus. On their journeys, a leper begs to be healed and is healed by the hands of Jesus. However the fame of Him spreads throughout the land until he has a large group gathered to be healed of Him. Jesus was gathered in a house that was so crowded that a group gathered a man and lowered him in from the roof, as to get the attention of Jesus to be healed. When Jesus sees their great faith, he says; “…Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” (Luke 5:20)

The Scribes and Pharisees are not too far away from finding fault with Jesus and mutter to themselves; “…Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” (Luke 5:21) Jesus, of course perceives their thoughts and asks them; “…What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.” (Luke 5:22-24) The Scribes and Pharisees, along with everyone else were perplexed.

Jesus continues His journey, where He meets a man named Levi, sitting outside of a tax collection office. He tells Levi to drop everything and to follow Him, Levi follows. Levi, in celebration invited Jesus, the disciples and his publican friends for a large feast at his house. The Pharisees and the Scribes take no time to call them out; “…Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?” (Luke 5:30) Jesus quickly responds to them; “…They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

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