17 To the disciple of Jesus

Luke 5:1-11
Ishaiyah 6:1-8

T To hear the words of God

 This morning, it is from 5:1-11 of the miracle story in Capernaum continuing from 4:31. About this article which is known as "The invitation of disciples", there are articles of the parallel by Mark and Matthew, and there is a person who says it is different from the article of Luke, but it seems that Luke supplements the thing which Matthew and Mark easily wrote it down. Matthew and Mark, both write down Peter Simon, and all three of them seem to use the old same document. It is unidentified why Matthew and Mark are simple articles; but, Luke had thought it is good to introduce it for the foreigner Christian in after ages same as himself, I imagine. Anyway, Luke put this article into a miracle story of Capernaum, but it cannot say simply that big catch like seeming to sink ship is a miracle. I want to see it including Luke's consciousness of the neighborhood.

 It begins, "Now it came about that while the multitude were pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;" (1). It is by the Sea of Galilee near Capernaum. Already, reputation of Jesus would have been widely known to the neighborhood. "The multitude were pressing around Him", it makes imagine the scene which frightful numerical people pushes and shoves to look at Jesus; but I want to pay attention that people has rushed to "hear words of God". We must think about the Jews of that time. Certainly, there were people who wanted to cure their disease and to be done something for their poor life; but, the thing which many Jews wanted to Jesus (the Messiah) was that He stands among God and themselves, and asks to God for them. It was condensed in a wish that they wanted to "hear words of God". Both king and the prophet disappeared, and they might have noticed themselves who were separated from God distantly, for the first time. However, would they have forgotten that their ancestors covered their ears when prophets talked about words of God once, and wanted to "hear the good words of the ear more"? They will come to raise fists to Jesus before long. We must learn that we may trace the same way.


U Go out into the deep water

 However, apart from it, Luke draws the state that disciples of Jesus are born, in the background that people are starving for words of God. At the side of Jesus who stood on the bank of the Sea of Galilee, there were the fishermen who were washing a net, they seem to have come back from fishing now. They were Peter and his brother Andrew. Because fishing in the Sea of Galilee seems to have been often found at night, so this event would be an early morning. Many crowds rushed at Jesus who stood still calmly in a shore (for prayer?); however, even if Jesus's reputation was so high, this scene feels abnormality. It is the thing of later a little, but the people are described like such as "the sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36). It might have been such times, for the people weak and poorly. And the modern situation to feel that a difference spreads will be piled up on this. Anyway, Jesus asked them to start a ship. He was going to tell the crowd on the bank from the ship. This seems to be "Sermon on the Mount" and a binary "Sermon at the shore"; but, unfortunately there is no record that He talked. There would not be yet a person (a disciple) who recorded that story. Because it was the time that the activity of Jesus began.

 While a crowd flocked around Jesus, Peter (there is "us" in his words, so it seems that his brother Andrew is included) did not take notice of their hurrah and seems to have done work of oneself silently. It does not seem that they did not have interest about Jesus at all, but somehow, they must do settlement of sailing out fishing. Washing a net, mending the tear of the net and folding a net to be able to flock immediately for the next time, settlement of sailing out fishing is a quite serious work load. It was them who handled such a work silently. When He asked to start a ship and to leave some land, though they could not catch even a small fish during in the overnight, but they started a ship without giving a scowl. Jesus may have observed such their patient state. When He had finished speaking, Jesus said to Peter. "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." (4)


V To the disciple of Jesus

 Perhaps, they would hear His speech immediately in a side, too, and be drawn into it. Peter called to Jesus "Master". This is meaning "a rabbi" (Luke does not make this way of speaking). Because the rabbi is the honorific title that the Jew gave to authorized Sopher with all respect, it would be that they have recognized Jesus as very superior one. "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at Your bidding I will let down the nets." (5) A professional of the fishing accepted the lacking common sense order of amateur's. The sun already has risen and they had washed a net. However, because it was the order of the One who became "a Master", they were exhausted already, but would decide to follow it. Therefore when they took down a net once again, a lot of fish were produced and their net was almost torn. They demanded help from a ship of Jacob and John which was near. And when they raised a net, they were able to catch a lot of fish, so that two ships of them were almost sunk. Many fishes which cannot compare with the big catch that expert fishermen experienced till now had jumped into the net. The fishes for which they worked all through the night to catch. There is so a lot of it!

 However, Luke does not put his pen at all while writing down the miracle in detail, as if he says that it is not a purpose. And, he continued, "But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus's feet, saying, 'Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!'" (8). It seems what Luke wanted to really write down was not supernatural power of Jesus, but this wonder that happened in inside of Peter. Peter came across a wonder called the big catch which he could not expect and he confessed his own crime unexpectedly. "A crime" for the Jews is violation of law, and it is very concrete; for example, eating a criminal dirty thing or violating admonition of the Sabbath. However, to Peter of this time, the violation of such concrete law was found nothing. I imagine, the confession of Peter was that he was amazed too big difference between oneself and God. When the person was stood before God, will he feel himself who can never appear before His brightness? Peter said, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!". It is the testimony of Luke that Peter watched His brightness in Jesus. "I am a sinful man", this is not speaking exaggerated. When we peep at our inside, it will become clear. We are never the people who can stand before sacred God. Such criminal met brightness of God, it was really the true miracle that Luke wanted to describe, I think. Jesus said to Peter whom it is not possible for even to put up a face. "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men." (10)

 And Luke completed it in this way. "And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him." (11) Jesus noticed the poor and taciturn fisherman who assume oneself a criminal, and invited to the disciple; not from the crowd who flocked and wanted to hear a story. The new step, of Jesus and the disciples who recognized Jesus as the Lord, began now. Don't we want to increase in such acquaintance, too?