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Thursday, June 7 2012
The Sea At Night
The Sea of Galilee (which is actually a freshwater lake from which the Jordan River flows south) was a major commercial and agricultural center in Israel. It was a busy area in the daytime, and even at night the fishermen worked on the lake. It was in the morning, while washing their nets after, as it happened, an unprofitable night of fishing ("we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing") that four fishermen were greeted by the Messiah to Whom they would thereafter serve as apostles. Their faith was then rewarded with a miraculous catch: "when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes." It was from that incident that the now-famous "I will make you fishers of men" originated.
"5:1 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 [Note: the "lake of Gennesaret" was another name for the Sea of Galilee, as was the "Sea of Tiberias": see also The Cities Of Lake Galilee], 5:2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 5:3 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.
The purpose of the ministry of John the Baptist was as a prophet to "prepare the way" for the Messiah's coming (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets). By definition, John's ministry was completed when the Ministry of the Messiah began. John was martyred by Herod Antipas.
"14:3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 14:4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her [see Lethal Lust]. 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.
The Messiah's Ministry then became fully operational - centered, at first, around the Sea of Galilee and His home at Capernaum (see The Cities Of Lake Galilee). Two very famous miracles of the Messiah happened at that point. The first was the miraculous feeding of the multitude with only what had been brought along as the fishermen's own lunch - "five loaves, and two fishes."
"14:13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
It was then very late in the day. The Messiah remained on shore, going to pray, while the fishermen went out to their work - to fish the lake at night. That night another of the most famous of the miracles of the Messiah happened - walking on the water.
"14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 14:24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
After The Resurrection
After the Crucifixion and resurrection, the apostles went back to fishing. As happened when they first met the Messiah, they didn't catch anything that night, but in the morning they were greeted by the LORD (see also Appearances Of The LORD God) with a miraculous catch of fish.
"21:1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise showed he himself. 21:2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
They then spent the early morning together on the shore with a breakfast of the fish that the LORD had enabled them to catch.
"21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
Throughout the Ministry of the Messiah, Peter had been very impetuous. His denial of the Messiah on the night that He was arrested, and his recovery from it, had cured Peter of that, but the LORD impressed the lesson upon Peter that he would not forget for the rest of his life (the reason that Peter is recorded as much more humble and even-tempered in the book of Acts and in his epistles). It was a lesson that Peter would in fact carry right to the moment of his death (see Why Was Peter Crucified?).
"21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?
So too on the shore in that early morning were the first indications that the apostle John would be the longest-surviving of the Twelve, culminating in his writing of the Book of Revelation - as revealed to him by the Messiah: "1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" (Revelation 1:1 KJV).
"21:20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21:21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
Fact Finder: What other significant Biblical events happened at night?
This Day In History, June 7
421: Roman Emperor Theodosius II married Aelia Eudocia at Constantinople (the city in Turkey re-named after the Roman Emperor Constantine - the primary inventor of the Church of Rome and the false-Christian "Sunday" worship; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy, A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1099: The armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached Jerusalem (again, see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1329: Robert the Bruce, who seized the Scottish throne in 1306, died. He was succeeded by David II.
1494: After the first discoveries by Christopher Columbus and others, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed; Spain and Portugal agreed to divide "the New World" between them.
1498: Christopher Columbus departed on his third voyage of exploration to the New World.
1546: The Peace of Ardes ended the war between France and England.
1628: The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, became law after Royal Assent by Charles I.
1654: Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
1677: Olivier Moriel de la Durantaye claimed the Lake Huron to Lake Erie area for France.
1692: 1,600 people were killed and 3,000 were injured when an earthquake struck Port Royal, Jamaica.
1863: French troops captured Mexico City.
1886: Elzear-Alexandre Taschereau was appointed Canada's first cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.
1929: The Papal State was revived when the Vatican was established in Rome. It had not existed since 1870.
1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the parents of the present-day Queen Elizabeth I) crossed from Canada to the U.S. to become the first British monarchs to visit the former colonies.
1942: During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied the U.S. islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.
1967: Day 3 of the "6 Day War" - Israeli forces took The Old City, thereby securing the entire city as Israel's capital (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1981: To stop (as it is now known, non-existent) Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" (Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that has nuclear "weapons of mass destruction" - as proven by the later invasion of Iraq), Prime Minister Menachem Begin sent Israeli warplanes to bomb a French-built nuclear reactor that was only capable of generating electricity for Baghdad.
1991: Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, sending a plume of ash 7 kilometers (over 4 miles) into the atmosphere.