22 Jesus invites some men to follow him.

Isaiah 9:1–2; Matthew 4:13–16, 18–22; Mark 1:16–20; Luke 4:31

How might Matthew have made the connection between Isaiah’s words and where Jesus centered his ministry (Matthew 4:13–16)?

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How well did Peter and his brother, Andrew, know Jesus at the time they were called to follow him (Matthew 4:18–19)?

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Who had the better knowledge of fishing, Peter or Jesus (Matthew 4:18–19)? Why?

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In actual practice, what does “they left their nets” mean (Matthew 4:20)?

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How might Zebedee have felt when his sons left the fishing business to him (Matthew 4:21–22)?

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Before Jesus called John, Peter, and their brothers, how many days might they have spent with him (Matthew 4:21–22)? How many miracles do you think they had seen?

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What significant events had the four disciples seen before they were asked to leave their jobs and families?

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Jesus left Nazareth and settled in Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee, a town in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. This fulfilled the prophecy that Isaiah wrote: Darkness will not last forever. The insignificant land of Zebulun and Naphtali, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, will be a glory to the nation. People who walk in darkness will see a bright light. Upon those who live under dark shadows of death, the light will shine.

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Isaiah 9:1–2 Nevertheless, darkness will not last forever. The insignificant land of Zebulun and Naphtali, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, will be a glory to the nation. People walking in darkness will see a bright light. Upon those who live under dark shadows of death, the light will shine.
Matthew 4:13–16 Jesus left Nazareth and settled in Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee, a town in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali. This fulfilled the prophecy that Isaiah wrote: Darkness will not last forever. The insignificant land of Zebulun and Naphtali, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, will be a glory to the nation. People who walk in darkness will see a bright light. Upon those who live under dark shadows of death, the light will shine.
Luke 4:31 Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, where he taught on the Sabbath.
King James

Isaiah 9:1–2 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Matthew 4:13–16 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Luke 4:31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.

As Jesus walked along the seashore of Galilee, he saw Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew casting a net into the water, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

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Matthew 4:18–19 As Jesus walked along the seashore of Galilee, he saw Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew casting a net into the water, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mark 1:16–17 As Jesus walked along the seashore of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the water, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
King James

Matthew 4:18–19 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Mark 1:16–17 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

At once, they left their nets and followed him.

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Matthew 4:20 At once, they left their nets and followed him.
Mark 1:18 At once, they left their nets and followed him.
King James

Matthew 4:20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Mark 1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

A little farther up the shore, he saw James and his brother John in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets. As soon as he called out to them, they left their father and the hired servants and followed him.

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Matthew 4:21–22 A little farther up the shore, he saw James and his brother John in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets. As soon as he called out to them, they left their boat and followed him.
Mark 1:19–20 A little farther up the shore, he saw James and his brother John, Zebedee’s sons, in a boat, mending their nets. As soon as he called, they left their father and the hired servants and followed him.
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Matthew 4:21–22 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Mark 1:19–20 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.