Fishing for Men
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,
Fishing has been ancient practice for a long time. Since the 16th century, vessels were able to cross the oceans in pursuit of fish. There is a skill and an art to fishing that requires patience and wisdom in knowing where to fish, the time of day to fish and what bait to use to catch the fish. In this case, Simon would drop their nets on the side of the boat to catch their fish.
Jesus taught the people by the Lake and told Simon to take him and the boat out and drop the nets to catch some fish. It is surprising to hear Simon being humble and confessed that they worked hard all night and caught nothing. He still dropped the nets because Jesus told him to. He didn’t argue or make any excuse. What happened next amazed Simon so much that it brought him to his knees and he recognized his sinfulness and acknowledged the righteousness of Jesus. Sometimes we can feel this way when we are sinful, but Jesus is reassuring us not to be afraid. This is the beginning of how Jesus will transform Simon Peter to fish for men instead of fish.