Luke 5:1-11 and Global Mission

In the upcoming pericope for Sunday (Luke 5:1-11) Jesus tells Peter to “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Quite obviously, this command goes against conventional wisdom. Not only was he asking Peter to fish in the middle of the day, when everyone knew that the best time for fishing was at night, but he also told him to let down his nets in the deep, when conventional wisdom would say to fish closer to shore. This pericope reminds us of the global scope of Christ’s mission. The disciples were not to remain in Jerusalem (close to shore), but rather to “make disciples of all nations (put out into the deep) baptizing them…” (Matthew 28). Not only that, but rather than preach this Gospel in secret (in the night), the disciples were to proclaim it openly for all to hear (during the day). I realize that this is an allegory, but it is not too farfetched, I don’t think. What say you?

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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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2 Responses to Luke 5:1-11 and Global Mission

  1. “Fishers of men” sort of leads one in this direction naturally, doesn’t it.

  2. Rev. Robert Mayes says:

    I think it’s good.

    You might also tie it into the verse that the Pharisees crossed both land and sea to win a single convert, but kept going on their own path (and so naturally, made their disciple a son of hell).

    But the apostles of our Lord return to Him. They do not cross the sea (to be on their own), nor do they stay out in the world. They return to be with Jesus, sacrificing even their pride in the numbers that they have won.

    What do you think, Paul?

    In Christ,
    Rev. Robert Mayes
    Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
    Fullerton, NE

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