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Sunday, April 17 2016

Luke 5: Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?

"He stood by the lake ... And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him"

The Messiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah) lived in Nazareth for about 25 years, from about age 4 to age 30 (see Joseph Of Nazareth and The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth). Nazareth is located in the inland hill country of Galilee, about half-way between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Sea of Galilee (although popularly-known as the "sea," it's actually a freshwater lake through which the Jordan River originates and then flows southward) to the west. The pine-forested hills of Nazareth overlooked the famous "Valley of Armageddon" to the south.

The Messiah's forced departure from Nazareth (see Why Did The Messiah Leave Nazareth?) resulted in Him living in another town, still in Galilee, but a very different environment. Nazareth was a town of carpenters and woodsmen, located in the pine forests of Galilee, while Capernaum was a town of fishermen on the coast of the lake. The Sea of Galilee was also known as "the lake of Gennesaret" (verse 1, below) and "the Sea of Chinnereth" (Numbers 34:11 KJV) - the Greek and Hebrew words for harp, in referring to the lake's harp-like shape.

If the Messiah had remained in Nazareth, rather than having been violently driven away, the first-called to be apostles could have been carpenters, but at Capernaum on the lake, they were fishermen.

The Shore of Capernaum

"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, 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.

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. 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.

5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 5:7 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.

5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 5:9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 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. 5:11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him." (Luke 5:1-11 KJV)

The miraculous healings continued (see Healings Of Man And Nature). The great crowds of people were more attracted to Him, at first, because of the healings than for the Truth that He preached.

"5:12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

5:13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

5:14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

5:15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed." (Luke 5:12-16 KJV)

The petty-minded, narcissistic "Pharisees and doctors of the law" viewed the Messiah's rapidly-growing popularity as a threat to their control. It shows how little they really cared about the people who were being relieved of their physical sufferings - that their religious "authorities" could not, and perhaps would not anyway, do for them.

Roman Coins

"5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 5:18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 5:19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.

5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

5:22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 5:24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 5:25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 5:26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day." (Luke 5:17-26 KJV)

Matthew (see also Matthew: The Gospel By The Accountant), also known as Levi, was then also called to be one of the Twelve. Matthew was an accountant and tax collector (the photograph shows the actual Roman coins of the time which portrayed the two "Caesars" that resigned during the Messiah's lifetime - Augustus and Tiberius (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

"5:27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 5:28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

5:29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:27-32 KJV)

The question of fasting was asked because many had by then lost their awareness of the reason for fasting (see The Biblical History Of Christian Fasting and Prayer and Fasting).

"5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?

5:34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 5:35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

5:36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better." (Luke 5:33-39 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why was the Messiah a carpenter?
See Why Was Jesus A Carpenter?


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This Day In History, April 17

69: Vitellius became Roman Emperor after the First Battle of Bedriacum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

1080: King Harald III of Denmark died. He was succeeded by Canute IV.

1194: The second coronation of England's King Richard I, after his return from the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1421: The sea breached the dikes at Dort in the Netherlands. More than 100,000 people were killed.

1492: Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Ferdinand and Isabella were the parents of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England) signed a contract giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy and the map below to understand what part of "America" that Columbus actually discovered).

Voyages of Christopher Columbus 1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. While Luther rejected the leadership of the papacy because of the pope's immoral and unethical behavior, Luther's "protest" did not include most of the Church of Rome's actual antichrist doctrines (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?). Luther, and most of the "Protestant churches" of today, remain Roman Catholic in doctrine (see Antichristians).

1555: The city of Siena surrendered to Philip of Spain after a lengthy famine. He later sold Siena to Cosimo de Medici.

1610: Henry Hudson sailed from London, England; among his discoveries (to Europeans; the native people who were there already knew it) included what would later be known as Hudson Strait.

1793: The Battle of Warsaw.

1808: The Bayonne Decree by Napoleon ordered the seizure of U.S. ships (France had supported the rebellion of the New England colonies against their creators in England, while at the same time tolerating no independence efforts in any of the French colonies in Louisiana or elsewhere throughout the continent of North America).

1864: During the Schleswig Holstein-Prussian War, Prussian forces under Prince Frederick Charles attacked the fortress at Dueppel.

1895: The Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the Sino-Japanese War. China and Japan recognized Korean independence and China gave up Formosa to Japan.

1916: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan stateswoman, was born. In July 1960, she became the world's first woman prime minister.

1941: The entire Yugoslav army and government surrendered to the Germans in Belgrade.

1946: Syria became independent from France.

1961: The CIA and Mafia (the Cuba scenes in the "Godfather" movies are historically correct) backed "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba. The 3-day fiasco left 100 killed and more than 1,000 invaders captured.

1969: Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian-born Arab, was found guilty of the assassination of U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.

1970: Apollo 13 returned to earth after an oxygen tank explosion caused the moon-landing mission to be aborted and the near-loss of the crew.

1975: Phnompenh fell to the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian communist insurgents, just as North Vietnamese and Vietcong were sweeping south toward Saigon. The communists under Pol Pot (actual name, Saloth Sar) would eventually murder over 2 million Cambodian people - 1/4 of the population.

1989: The Polish trade union Solidarity was legalized after a 7 year ban by the communist government.

1997: Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog died at age 78 (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).


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