Deep Water for Good Fishing
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
In our text, we see the morning mist rising from the sea of Galilee. The Romans preferred to call it the lake of Gennesaret. The fishermen who had been out on the lake all night were beginning to bring their boats into the shore. Already two boats had landed and the fishermen were washing the seaweed and the debris from their nets.
One of them, Simon, worked in silence. He was tired and disappointed. He had fished all night and had caught nothing. Fishing for him was no mere sport; it was a means of livelihood. No fish in the nets meant no bread on the table.
As Simon worked with his nets, a crowd began to gather along the shore. This meant the Teacher was present. Since the lake shore was one of His favorite spots, the people would gather early in the morning to hear Him speak, before the heat of the day became oppressive and before their daily tasks claimed their attention.
On this particular morning, the crowd was larger than usual. So, approaching Simon, Jesus stepped into his boat and asked him if he would row out a few feet to give Him a better vantage point from which to speak to the crowd. Simon did what Jesus asked, and Jesus addressed the people from the boat.
After He had spoken, as the crowd was beginning to disperse, Jesus suddenly turned to Simon and said, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught."
Simon began to remonstrate and said, "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing."
That brings us to the first point in the message. And the outline this morning consists of seven words, all beginning with the letter "A." The first word is
When Peter said, "Master, we have toiled all night, and have taken nothing," he was acknowledging that they had not been successful, and that, in fact, they had failed to catch any fish. Now, let me make a statement here: "Anytime anyone tries to manage his life apart from G ...
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