What principles of successful service may we glean from the miraculous catch of fish?

Especially, Luke 5:4-11

Luke 5:1 - 11

ESV - 1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 And he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
1. Making our resources available for God's use, even if it interferes with other priorities we may have, including those that we place a high importance on (as represented by Simon Peter making his boat -- the means of his livelihood as a fisherman -- available for Jesus to preach from)

2. Willingness to follow God's clear guidance, regardless of what objections our reason or "common sense" might raise (as indicated by Peter setting aside his doubts about Jesus' command to put out into the sea again after having caught nothing all the previous night)

3. Requesting the help of others when needed (as well as being responsive to the call of others for help) to carry out a mission assigned by God, rather than "going it alone", in order to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts (as shown by enlisting the assistance of the other boats in bringing in the catch)

4. Recognizing God's involvement in our daily affairs (as demonstrated by the fishermen's astonishment at the amount of fish caught, as well as by the fact that the nets did not break)

5. Awareness and humble acknowledgement of our unworthiness of the blessings that God bestows on us (as illustrated by Peter's confession of sin)

6. Readiness to re-order our existing priorities (totally, if necessary) at God's direction in order to serve Him (as the fishermen did when they followed Jesus' call to full-time discipleship)

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Mini Scott Broberg Fig Tree Ministries
One thing to notice in the Gospels is that the disciples never catch a fish without the help of Jesus. Either they are really bad fishermen or there is a lesson in all of it about relying on the power of Jesus to "fill the nets."

Part of the miracle here in Luke is that they were using the wrong type of net for the daytime hours (see below). In our human nature - we can't always understand how things are going to work out when God wants us to do something. We can easily question God's methods "because that won't work." In this case, Jesus just wants them to obey - and he will provide the fish. 

About the nets:

There is an excellent resource called "The Sea of Galilee and Its Fishermen in the New Testament" by Mendel Nun. He was the leading expert on ancient fishing around the Sea of Galilee. 

He notes that based on the description of events in the Luke story the disciples would have been fishing with a "trammel net." Trammel nets are used at night because in the daytime the fish can swim around them. Peter says, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing" (5:5). Once fishing is complete you must wash and hang the nets to dry (5:2). 

At Tabgha, on the northeast part of the lake, there are warm springs that attract the Talapia in the winter. About 1/2 mile west of Tabgha is a perfectly shaped natural "amphitheater" on the shore where Jesus is thought to have stood in the boat to teach - using the natural acoustics. Just prior to the natural amphitheater is the ancient harbor for Tabgha. Here are a couple of photos - you can see the rocks built up to create the small harbor. 


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