Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
January 28, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<316> Thesis: The focus upon Simon reveals Jesus' intention in regeneration: to set men free to live. Introduction: As we began our study of what is commonly called "The Miraculous Draft of Fishes", we sought to understand Jesus' behavior in light of the words of the text. Since Luke is the only one in the Bible who calls the Sea of Galilee "the Lake of Gennesaret", we looked for a reason. It was my conclusion that he was continuing his "pattern" of telling of John, then of Jesus. In this case, it was the issue of John's requirement of people that they come to the wilderness if they would hear from God. It appears that John was "stage-setting" in the sense that he surrounded the people with a reality (the wilderness) that was a picture of themselves (vipers of the wilderness) so that they would not just "hear" the Word of God, but "sense" it as it surrounded them. In like manner, Luke chooses to show Jesus compelling the people to turn their backs upon Gennesaret and look at Him against the background of the "Lake" if they wanted to "hear" the Word of God. When we see that John introduced Jesus as One Who would baptize with the Holy Spirit or with fire, it is not hard to see that using "lake" (which is only used elsewhere in the New Testament as a deadly reality pointing to the Lake of Fire as the result of being "sinful") sets up the analogy of the baptism with fire, and the reference to Gennesaret is analogous to the baptism of the Holy Spirit as the provision for an abundance of good fruit in the life of one who "hears" the Word of God. I drew these conclusions in light of Simon's reaction as Luke records it here. There has to be a reason that a large catch of fish would turn Peter into a "fearful sinner". This morning I plan to pursue Luke's record to see what else is here. As I was pondering Luke's words, my attention was arrested by the fact that he tells us that the boat that Jesus used was idle because the man who owned it was "washing his nets". Being of the Luke 16:17 mentality, I could not let that pass. What is sufficiently important about the washing of nets that it needed to be included in the record of the Eternal Word of God? I have come to understand that Luke wanted us to see Jesus in the light of the Revealer of the Grace of God against the backdrop of the Wrath of God and Simon's washing of his nets is a part of that particular picture.