Is He Master or Lord?
-this is not the first time Jesus met the disciples, nor is it the first time these men hadbeen with Him (Mk 1:16-20; John 1:40-42)-
Place and Time:
:this happened in the Lake of Gennesaret or the Sea of Galilee (Mk. 1:16) alsocalled the Sea of Tiberias (Jn. 6:1):this happened in the morning (Lk. 5:5) but we cannot ascertain the exact time-from Lk. 5:1-3, we can deduce that there is a sizeable number of people following Jesus, wanting to listen to His teachings, be healed from diseases and witnessmiracles-though this is but the first parts of His public ministry, Jesus already captured theinterest of the public because of His powerful teachings and miraculous deeds-from the passage, we will witness that though Jesus ministered to everyone whowanted to hear His teachings, He purposefully chose to be in that place at thattime to call His future apostles.
Some busy fishermen (vv. 1-7)
The curious and the lukewarm (vv. 1-2)
Why do you think the crowd is eagerly interested in Jesus?-they wanted to listen to His teachings-they wanted to be healed from diseases-they were hoping that He is the Messiah-they wanted to see miraclesIn contrast, how will you describe Simon and his companions’ attitude (vv. 1-2)?-unlike the people who zealously followed Jesus, Simon and his companionswere busy with their trade-considering that it wasn’t their first time to meet Jesus (Mk 1:16-20; John1:40-42), it’s disappointing to see that they’re easily distracted by worldlythings, a bit apathetic, indecisive, lukewarm and flippant about their earlierinteraction with Jesus
Now that you are a Christian, in your honest assessment of yourself, what is your attitude towards Jesus in this phase of your life?
Challenging the indecisive (vv.3-7)
Why do you think Jesus chose Peter’s boat to teach from?-from a practical point of view, we can say that He is nearest to Peter’s boatso he chose it-it could also be that Jesus had known Peter before so He felt morecomfortable to ask him to lend his boat-the fact that Jesus needed to ride on a boat shows that there are so manypeople following Him on the shore; by riding on a boat, He can use thewater as His soundboard to project His voice