Now, just for your information, I am no fishermen. In other words, I am not an expert on the topic of fishing, with a net or a line. I am seeing this in my reading of Scripture for today. Which was Luke 3 – 5.
In the first three verses of chapter five we see Jesus being crowded by people, and wanting to hear more of His teaching. He borrows Peter’s boat, is rowed off the shore a bit, and teaches them. Peter and the others had been fishing all night, and had caught nothing. The place in the text is called the Sea of Gennesarat; also called the Sea of Tiberius (John 6:1; 21:1), and the Sea of Galilee. It is a large, inland freshwater lake.
Let us hear our text for today…
“Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.’ 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.’ 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 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.’
And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.” Luke 5:4-11 (KJB)
What do Fishermen and Fishers of Men need to know? Simply this. We must have our net (or line) in the water; and we must hear the words of the Master; and we must know that it is the Master who gives the catch.