“Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were - Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; - He saw two boats without the fishermen; - He entered -Simon's boat/asked them to push it into the water; - He sat down/taught people from the boat; - He asked Simon to push the boat into the deep water/cast the nets for a catch; - Simon told Jesus that they had been fishing the whole night without success; Every resource on our site was made possible through the financial support of people like you. The most extensive account appears in Luke 5:1–11. Jesus knew Peter's weaknesses, as well as his potential. Jesus later used the title, “Son of God,” meaning King of Israel. Our God is the God of new beginnings; with Him, nothing is impossible. The lawyer ends up leaving to resume his practice but the cop and the journalist get ordained. The call of the disciples is rooted in the call of Jesus, and this call is to change their lives for ever. He had spent his life making preparations for the Messiah, and now he says, "Behold, the Lamb of God." JESUS CALLS THE FIRST DISCIPLES. © Copyright 2006-2020 Trusting-in-Jesus.com. For the place of fishing in the taxation structures, see Bruce Malina and Richard Rohrbaugh, A Social-Scientific Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992), 44-45. 17 And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. Philip was right concerning Jesus, in that He was the One of whom Moses and the prophets had written; however,, Jesus was the Son of God, not the son of Joseph. Jesus Calls Philip and Nathaniel: Verse 43: "The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. Jesus Calls His First Disciples 18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, ( B ) he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter ( C ) and his brother Andrew. Verses 38-39: "Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" As a tax collector, or publican, Matthew transferred taxes from both local merchants and farmers to the Roman state. 17 Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 18 Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. The Jewish day began at daylight, so that the tenth hour would have been around 4 pm. Their summons to a distinctive kind of service, and to the forsaking of their current employment, does not establish a universal pattern for Christian life and vocation. Unless otherwise noted, the Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All four “immediately” leave nets and family to follow Jesus. Tucker Cordani on Jan 25, 2014 in Columnists, Featured, Learn & Live the Faith, Sunday Reflections Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A lawyer, a cop, and a journalist enter Blessed John XXIII Seminary together. The reason some of the people were confused about  Nazareth (the hometown of Jesus) is that it did not fit their preconceived ideas about where the Messiah should arrive. With your gift of any size, you’ll enable us to continue equipping Christians with high-quality biblically-based content. Jesus was pleased with Nathaniel's faith and promised that he would see even bigger things. They loved, trusted, and followed him throughout the region, as he baptized, preached, and told them of the soon coming Messiah. The Twelve disciples’ importance may have been dwindling because of their deaths, because of changing leadership patterns in the church, or simply because traditions about the lesser-known ones had been lost. (Heb 4:13). At Sinai Moses received the laws directly from God; here, the disciples receive power … And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him," (Deut. Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.". Teachers ordinarily trained disciples, who then went out and taught others. Verse 51: "And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.". Answers. John relates the first, introductory meeting of Jesus with Andrew, John, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael. Image by For a teacher to recommend his disciples to another teacher was rare, and expressed confidence in the other teacher's superiority. Jesus Calls His First Disciples( A) 5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[ a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. It appears in Matthew 4:18–22, Mark 3:16-20 and Luke 5:1–11 on the Sea of Galilee. Of the twelve disciples, only Philip and Andrew had Greek names, and they were the ones who took the Gospel to the Greeks. Here Jesus displays His perfect knowledge of all persons, names, and things. The call of Matthew is told in all three of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) as Jesus makes an unexpected choice to call forth a tax collector to be His disciple. The first six disciples, then, were Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, and Bartholomew. Note may also be taken of the circumstance that these four were all fishers. Jesus looked at him and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? The opening clause of Mark 1:16 presents Jesus as itinerant (“as he passed along”), and he calls these fishermen to follow him on the road. The Jewish nation had waited for centuries for the promised Messiah. They would have … He knew the trials, failures, and successes that would one day build Him into the mighty Apostle,  “Peter, a Piece of the Rock.”. From what we know of them it would not be in keeping with their character to rudely abandon John the Baptist. And under this general head consider: Nathaniel was from Cana in Galilee. Calling his disciples on a mountain is supposed to evoke Moses' experiences on Mt. Each of the four Gospels tells of the call of the first disciples: • In Mark 1:16-20, Jesus calls Peter and Andrew—and then, in a separate action, calls James and John. Acts 2:40-47 The First Community of Believers Acts 3:1-4:31 Healing the Lame Man Acts 5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphira Acts 6:1-7:50 Choosing of the Deacons and Stephen’s Death Acts 8:26-39 The Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch Acts 9:1-31 The Call of Saul Acts 9:32-42 Peter Raises Dorcas from Death Acts 10:1-48 Peter and Cornelius All the New Testament Gospels preserve one memory or another of Jesus’ call of his first disciples. The call of the first disciples appears, naturally, early on in the ministry of Jesus. * 16 j As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. At Sinai there were twelve tribes of the Hebrews; here there are twelve disciples. Samuel L Mills PO Box 4456 Maryville, TN 37802. The disciples are not only to hear the word of God but act on it. Bible Commentary This is more than just a challenge to leave behind income and stability or, as we might put it, to get out of our “comfort zone.” Mark’s account of this incident records a detail lacking in the other accounts, namely, that James and John leave their father Zebedee “with the hired men” (Mark 1:20). Nathanael was "An Israelite indeed," a faithful Israelite, who wrestled with God, (unlike the hypocrites on the street corner), (Gen. 32:24). In John 1:35-51, we read the story of Jesus’ first disciples.The day after John the Baptist baptized Jesus, they crossed paths again and John declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Then two of his disciples left to follow Jesus. Verse 49: "Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! In Luke, Jesus gives them a remarkable preview miracle (Luke 5:1-11). Christian Preschool Crafts Preschool Bible Bible Activities Toddler Sunday School Sunday School Lessons Sunday School Crafts Jesus Crafts Bible Story Crafts Bible Stories. 39He said to them, "Come and you will see." Consider Jesus’ call and the response of the disciples. The record shows us that Peter, Andrew, Philip, and Nathanial were following Jesus, and we can also assume that since James and John were business partners with Peter and Andrew, and also deeply spiritual men, they believed what Peter and Andrew said about Jesus. Their presence did not surprise Jesus; He knew they would be there. Nathaniel's heart had been prepared beforehand for this moment, perhaps under the Fig Tree. Sean Freyne, Jesus: A Jewish Galilean (London/New York: T&T Clark, 2004), 48-53. The second call from God is through Jesus, “He calls us into his church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship.” With the help of Christ's marvelous faith building response and blessings, their faith will develop into an Abrahamic type of faith, with a powerful, expectant, inner knowing and assurance. The Call of the First Disciples by Rev. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”, Hundreds of Pages with Christian Articles, Studies and Resources. Teachers often taught under trees for their shade, but Jesus, knowing which tree Nathaniel had sat under, is a demonstration of genuine supernatural knowledge. A large crowd followed Jesus to hear his teachings as he walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, which is also known as Gennesaret or Chinnereth and Tiberias. Christ being very respectful and tender toward him, raises his hopes and expectations; and in the next verse says: Verses 50: "Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? He knew what they needed, and that someday they would become great Apostles who would evangelize the world. You are the King of Israel!". He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me.". Verse 44: "Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.". All Rights Reserved. Jim Eliot, an American missionary who was killed on 8th January 1956 taking the Gospel to the Waodani people in Ecuador - once famously wrote in his diary on 28th October 1949: Who Were the 12 Disciples (Apostles) & What We Know about Them At least three of the disciples were present on the Mount of  Transfiguration, and witnessed Jesus, Moses, and Alijah, in the Glory of Heaven. Although most Christians are not called to leave their jobs and become wandering preachers, we are called to ground our identity in Christ. John and Andrew were the initial two people called to be disciples by Christ (John 1:35 - 39). In the Call to Worship for this morning I referenced the UCC Statement of Faith several times. Now, amazed that Jesus knew all about him, in advance, Nathaniel declared that Jesus had to be the Messiah,  the Son of God, and King of Israel! The apostle John records who were the first five people called to follow Jesus. Sinai. Economic stability is no longer their chief purpose for working. In this morning’s Gospel reading we read of Jesus’ encounter with Peter and Andrew and James and John – and with his call for them to follow him. What does the Bible have to say about work? They had no extraordinary skills. The differences between John’s account and the Synoptics’ account are easily explained. He is the focal point of divine glory, the contact between God and man, Heaven and Earth. Moses prophesied the coming of the Messiah (Jesus): "I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I was a senior in college when I heard several recorded lectures by Dr. Hendricks on Christian discipleship which significantly impacted my life. All were present when Christ ascended into Heaven, thereby confirming his mission and solidifying the faith of His disciples. To prevent this from happening Jesus also used the title, 'Son of Man.'". He would soon learn that there are no secrets from God. Contributed by Bruce Shields on Jul 7, 2007. Verses 47-49: "Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!". In the light of what we read in John 1:38-42, we may regard the present passage as giving the account of the formal and final call of the four disciples named Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Used under license from Veer. Andrew witnessing to Simon for Christ is a great example of how we are to testify; by introducing others to Christ. 16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. However, it is easy to understand how those who saw Jesus grow up in the home of "Joseph the carpenter," being unaware of His Diety, would assume that Joseph was His father. Therefore, Philip, answering Nathaniel's objection, says, "come and see." Bruce and his classic masterpiece, The Training of the Twelve, was Dr. Howard Hendricks, the late distinguished professor and lecturer at Dallas Theological Seminary. The Theology of Work Bible Commentary is an in-depth Bible study tool put together by a group of biblical scholars, pastors, and workplace Christians to help you discover what the whole Bible--from Genesis to Revelation--says about work. As Suzanne Watts Henderson notes in relation to the response of the disciples, the “piling up of particulars underscores the full weight of the verb [to leave]: not just nets are left behind, but a named father, a boat and indeed an entire enterprise.”[1] For these disciples to follow Jesus, they have to demonstrate a willingness to allow their identity, status, and worth to primarily be determined in relation to him. As with the Children of Israel in Jer 18:3-4, He would be the potter, Peter the clay. Peter was the latter, (a piece of rock). He translated it into Greek because, being outside Palestine, that was the language most of his Jewish readers spoke. Nathaniel had never witnessed such miraculous power, nor had anyone else. Most think this verse is one of the references, with the scene of Jacob's ladder, and the angels ascending and descending, Gen 28:10-22). Based on a work at www.theologyofwork.org. Loyalty and Faithfulness are emotionally and spiritually healthy. Verse 46: "Nathaniel said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Another reason the Twelve as a group may not have loomed so large at the end of the first century CE has to do with their role. Twice it refers to God’s call. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. However, at this point they would not have understood their great commission, (Matt 20:19-20); so Jesus does not provide the details, just says, "Come and you will see.". The accounts of the calling of the first disciples in the Gospels of John and Luke make more sense to us because we typically want some rational explanation for their behavior. Neither religious, nor refined, they were ordinary people, just like you and me. Part 6 - Jesus Calls His First Disciples Series. The first five of the twelve disciples lived near the beautiful Sea of Galilee, (Picture) (not far from Capernaum). So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.". or "There He is, I have identified him.". Verse 48: "Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" This edition is a one-volume hardcover version. The Call of the First Disciples. Quick Summary of the Twelve Apostles. This is the opening act of Jesus’ ministry in Mark’s Gospel. The willingness of the disciples to forsake such stability is quite remarkable. You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter.". LUKE 5:1-11. Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in. Particularly in the Gospel of Mark, the beginning of the Ministry of Jesus and the call of the first disciples are inseparable. Jesus called the disciples from their boats after John was arrested, so they had already been following Jesus for some time (Matt. Why God Makes Us Wait, from St. Augustine’s homily on the first letter of John Whether we leave our jobs or not, a disciple’s identity is no longer “fisherman,” “tax collector,” or anything else except “follower of Jesus.” This challenges us to resist the temptation to make our work the defining element of our sense of who we are. Call of the First Disciples. Many believe he sent them to Jesus. And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" Jesus Calls His First Disciples: Verses 35-37: "The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!" 4:12-22). Suzanne Watts Henderson, Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 63. The man who introduced me to A.B. In the Synoptics (Luke 1:36) we are told that Mary and Elizabeth were cousins, so Jesus and John the Baptist would have been cousins, but apparently were not acquainted. “Sitting under the fig tree,” represented being in quietness, composed of spirit,  while in communion with God. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. The first call is in the beginning: “God calls the worlds into being.” There’s Genesis 1 again. It would have been disastrous for the multitude to crown him “king,” (as many were eager to do). You are free to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work), and remix (to adapt the work) for non-commercial use only, under the condition that you must attribute the work to the Theology of Work Project, Inc., but not in any way that suggests that it endorses you or your use of the work. [2] At a time of social turbulence in Galilee, these two related industries supported each other and remained steady. Business, education, law, service industries, medicine, government--wherever you work, in whatever capacity, the Scriptures have something to say about it. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men’ ” (vv. Bethsaida was on the northern edge of the Sea of Galilee. You will see greater things than these.". Verses 35-37: "The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!". The Calling of the First Disciples (Mark 1:16-20) Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project. | 4,771 … Jesus Calls His First Disciples “Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. Up to this point, the main events have been Jesus’ baptism (3:21-22), his temptation in the wilderness (4:1-13), his inaugural sermon and rejection at Nazareth (4:16-30), and a series of healings (4:31-41). Jesus Christ selected twelve men from among his early followers to become his closest disciples. These disciples were a part of the Master’s plan. 41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). This section needs to be treated cautiously: while the disciples are paradigms of the Christian life, they also occupy a unique position in the story of salvation. Jesus Calls the First Disciples. Fishing was a major industry in Galilee, with a connected sub-industry of fish salting. Jesus does not reject the earthly vocation of these men but reorients it. Read Matthew 4:18-25 (call of the disciples). In the Synoptics (Luke 1:36) we are told that Mary and Elizabeth were cousins, so Jesus and John the Baptist would have been cousins, but apparently were not acquainted. Jesus knew all about Nathaniel, even before the two had met, just as He does all of humanity:  "...He knew what was in man" (John 2:25:). Although Jesus is speaking to Nathanael, the verbs are in the plural, meaning that He was also addressing the other disciples, and they did witness the scene above. We know one of them was Andrew, but … The people acknowledged that John the Baptist was a prophet. Jesus calls Simon and Andrew to be “fishers of people” (Mark 1:17), thereby affirming their former work as an image of the new role to which he is calling them. Theology of Work Project Online Materials by Theology of Work Project, Inc. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Please enter the word that you see below. All things are naked and lay open before Him. Contributors: Grant MacAskill 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus is now man’s link to Heaven. Like Nathaniel, true Believers who take their faith and relationship with God seriously will find their faith increasing. Joseph was His  stepfather, God was His Father. 53: 1-12). Saved by Sense-sational OT Solutions. When we have hope, there is a song in our heart and a spring in our step. The title, "Son of man," was used at least forty times by Jesus, twelve times in this Gospel;  (Stephen also used it in Acts 7:56). This one-of-a-kind Bible resource answers that very question. Philip said to him, "Come and see.". Nazareth doesn't appear to have been any more sinful than other areas. Many, indeed most, of those who follow Jesus do not quit their jobs to do so (see Vocation Overview at www.theologyofwork.org). (Andrew, John, Peter, Philip, Nathaniel), Verse 45: "Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.". Yet even here we must be cautious. 1. Call of the 12 Disciples thoughts and meanderings One thing I find intriguing as you read about the 12 disciples callings (of which we really only get like 6 of their details) is how different they are. For Reflection. While Matthew and Mark records the calling of the first four apostles, only Luke tells us the events that lead up to the calling. Use the techniques of imaginative prayer to reflect on this passage. Therefore, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, and the other disciple believed to be John, the author of this Gospel, who had been followers of John the Baptist, would become the first disciples of Jesus. It was God’s plan for Jesus to replace John the Baptist as the central character, and a short time later John would say: "He must increase, but I must decrease," (John 3:30). John the Baptist points out Jesus to two of his disciples … Note Luke does not record the calling recorded in Mathew and Mark, but all three record John’s arrest having already occurred, and both Luke and Mark have the incident of healing Peter’s mother-in-law–and Mathew and Mark’s calling of the first disciples came before the healing, while this incident comes after the healing. Nathaniel, meaning the gift of God, is another name for Bartholomew; however, John never uses the name Bartholomew, nor is it mentioned in the synopses. Below, please read it from the Book of Luke. THE CALL ITSELF IN THESE ORIGINAL EXAMPLES OF IT. - Mark 1:16-20 Submit your prayer requests and have other Spirit Filled Christians pray for you. Their summons to a distinctive kind of service, and to the forsaking of their current employment, does not establish a universal pattern for … So the first disciples … Tradition tells us that Philip died a martyr at Hierapolis. The call of the first disciples craft. © 2011 by the Theology of Work Project, Inc. saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, Jesus had encountered Simon Peter and Andrew before, near Bethabara, in the Jordan region, where Andrew (and perhaps Peter as well) had become a disciple of John the Baptist ( John 1:35–42 ). 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Nevertheless, the way in which the demands of the kingdom cut across and override the usual principles of society are transferable and enlightening to our work. This concludes our study of, "Jesus Calls His FirstDisciples", Gospel of John Bible Study Main PageTrusting in Jesus Home Page. John 1:35–51 reports the first encounter with two of the disciples a little earlier in the presence of John the Baptist. It seems to have been a very traditional, orthodox town in which priests later considered ritually clean enough to live. Then came Peter (also called Simon or Simon Peter, verses 40 - 42), followed by Philip (verses 43 to 44) and then Nathanael (Bartholomew - verse 45). 78. All rights reserved. If you like reading the Theology of Work Bible Commentary free online, you might enjoy it in print! Adopted by the Theology of Work Project Board October 6, 2011. The calling of the disciples is a key episode in the life of Jesus in the New Testament. Included in his lecture content were references to two books that had virtually shaped his life and worldwide ministry. As with this example, Jesus set with the very first disciples; we are to follow Him. The two disciples were Andrew and the Apostle John. 19 “Come, follow me,” ( D ) Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

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