Column: Follow Peter’s example: Obey Jesus’ commands



Jesus had been teaching along the water’s edge. He got into a boat belonging to Simon Peter. He asked Peter to put out a little from shore, then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, Jesus asked Peter to do something he had done a thousand times before, but Jesus asked him to do it in a way that was undoubtedly different from how he would normally do it. He asked Peter to launch out into the deep water and let down the nets for a catch. (See Luke 5:4.)

Jesus’ request to go fishing is a bad idea on every level from a human standpoint. These fishermen had been cleaning up from an all-night fishing expedition that brought absolutely no success. These guys had to be exhausted. Add to that the fact that the best fishing with nets is at night when the fish come closer to the surface, rather than in the heat of the day when the fish go deeper in order to stay cool.

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