26 Fishermen are taught about fishing.

Matthew 4:22–25; Luke 5:1–11

If the disciples were following Jesus, why were they out fishing (Luke 5:1–4)?

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What was involved in the “washing” of nets (Luke 5:2)?

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How was Jesus helped by preaching offshore, sitting in Peter’s boat (Luke 5:3)?

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How long do you think Jesus’ message was (Luke 5:3)? What would have been his key points?

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Why would Peter have been reluctant to make another attempt to catch fish (Luke 5:4–5)?

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How was it possible to have fished all night and have caught nothing (Luke 5:5)?

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Why did Jesus’ disciples catch so many fish this time (Luke 5:6–7)?

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What might observers have thought about the great catch (Luke 5:6–7)? Zebedee, an unbelieving Pharisee, a teacher of the Law, someone Jesus had healed?

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What might Peter have learned from this experience (Luke 5:8)? Why did he say he was sinful?

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How did Jesus use this event to teach his disciples an important lesson (Luke 5:9–10)?

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The disciples had “left their nets” before. What was different about this time (Luke 5:11)?

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How many people might have followed Jesus “wherever he went” (Matthew 4:25)? What motivated them to do that?

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One day, Jesus stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and the people crowded around him to hear the word of God. Two boats had been pulled onto the beach, left by fishermen who were washing their nets. He climbed into the boat that belonged to Simon Peter and asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. He sat down and taught the multitude.

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Luke 5:1–3 One day, Jesus stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and the people crowded around him to hear the word of God. Two boats had been pulled onto the beach, left by fishermen who were washing their nets. He climbed into the boat that belonged to Simon and asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. He sat down and taught the multitude.
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Luke 5:1–3 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

When he finished speaking, he turned to Simon Peter. “Go to deep water and let down your net for a catch.”

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Luke 5:4 When he finished speaking, he turned to Simon. “Go to deep water and let down your net for a catch.”
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Luke 5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.

“Master, we have worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I will go out and let down the net.”

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Luke 5:5 “Master, we have worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I will go out and let down the net.”
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Luke 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

This time, they caught so many fish their net started to break. They motioned for help from their partners and filled both boats so full they were on the verge of sinking.

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Luke 5:6–7 This time, they caught so many fish their net started to break. They motioned for help from their partners and filled both boats so full they were on the verge of sinking.
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Luke 5:6–7 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he turned to Jesus and fell to his knees. “Leave me, Master, for I am a sinful man.” He and those working with him, including James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed at the huge number of fish they had caught.

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Luke 5:8–10 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he turned to Jesus and fell to his knees. “Leave me, Master, for I am a sinful man.” He and those working with him were amazed at the huge number of fish they had caught, including James and John, the sons of Zebedee. “You do not need to worry,” Jesus said. “From now on, you will fish for people.”
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Luke 5:8–10 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

“You do not need to worry,” Jesus said. “From now on, you will fish for people.”

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Luke 5:10 including James and John, the sons of Zebedee. “You do not need to worry,” Jesus said. “From now on, you will fish for people.”
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Luke 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

So they brought their boats to the shore, left everything, and followed him.

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Matthew 4:22 As soon as he called out to them, they left their boat and followed him.
Luke 5:11 So they brought their boats to the shore, left everything, and followed him.
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Matthew 4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Luke 5:11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Throughout Galilee, Jesus taught in the synagogues, preached the good news of the Kingdom, and healed people who had every kind of disease and sickness. News spread all the way through Syria. Soon, people brought those who suffered from various diseases, seizures, or paralysis, and were tormented by evil spirits. He healed them all.

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Matthew 4:23–24 Throughout Galilee, Jesus taught in the synagogues, preached the good news of the Kingdom, and healed people who had every kind of disease and sickness. News spread all the way through Syria. Soon, people brought those who suffered from various diseases, seizures, or paralysis, and were tormented by evil spirits. He healed them all.
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Matthew 4:23–24 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

Great multitudes from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond Jordan followed him wherever he went.

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Matthew 4:25 Great multitudes from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond Jordan followed him wherever he went.
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Matthew 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.