Sunday, October 16, 2011


"Ave Christus, morituri te salutamus!"

   W e were looking at Luke 5:1-11 starting with the responses of Jesus and Peter, but the responses of Peter and Jesus are only the beginning, if we look at the whole passage we learn two things;
  1. who and what God really is
  2. who and what we really are
   F urthermore if we look at other parts of scripture we get a better understanding of both 1 and 2 above (as well as Luke 5:1-11).  So let us begin by looking at number 1 and asking these questions - who and what?* There are two foundational truths in Luke 5: 1-11 which answer these questions;
  1. Who? = God - Creator of Everything
  2. What? = God is holy
   J ust as there are many other things to see and learn about God in the rest of scripture, so also in this passage - e.g. God is gracious, God is the initiator, God is kind, God is wise, God is the provider, God is almighty, etc. - but it is best to start with these two as they are the foundation to everything else we see and learn from Luke 5: 1-11.  Furthermore, these two go hand in hand, however let's back up and look at where these are shown in Luke 5: 1-11. The first - God - Creator of all - is demonstrated in verses 4 - 7 and 9 - 10a;
"When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, 'Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.' But Simon answered and said to Him, 'Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.' And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink." (Luke 5:4-7/NKJV)

"For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon." (Luke 5:9-10a/NKJV)
   G od - Creator of everything is obviously supported from the beginning of scripture;
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1/NKJV)
and is supported through out scripture;
"So the LORD said to him, 'Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?" (Exodus 4:11/NKJV)

"Then Joshua spoke to the LORD...and he said in the sight of Israel: 'Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.' So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,..." (Joshua 10:12, 13a/NKJV)

"Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:...'Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?'" (Job 38:1,4a/NKJV)

"O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions—" (Psalm 104:24/NKJV)

The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters. (Psalm 24:1/NKJV)

"Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb: 'I am the LORD, who makes all things, who stretches out the heavens all alone, who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;'..." (Isaiah 44:24/NKJV)

"And He answered and said to them, 'Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning "made them male and female",...'" (Matthew 19:4a/NKJV see also Mark 10:6)

"And: 'You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.'" (Hebrews 1:10/NKJV)

"By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." (Hebrews 11:3/NKJV)

There are many, many more scriptures that show God - Creator of all that is seen and unseen.  In fact there are too many to be listed here, so let us continue by asking what does all of this have to do with Luke 5:1-11?  It is simply this, after seeing the miracle draught of fish Peter and all those with him realized that somehow God is "in the mix" and as Jews they understood that only God, as Creator of all, not only has authority over the sea and everything in it, but also owns the sea and everything in it.  Consequently, witnessing (firsthand) the miracle draught of fish means (to them) Jesus has the power and authority of God.  It is one of the things which causes Peter to change and call Jesus "Lord" (i.e treating Christ as the representative of the One True Holy God) as opposed to calling Him "Master" (i.e treating Christ as a respected rabbi/teacher).  Furthermore, this response is seen with the others, "For he and all who were with him were astonished...and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee...".  In essence, Peter and all those with Him begin to see Jesus as synonymous with the One True Holy God.
*NOTE; For a very brief explanation of who God is see here.

"Simul iustus et peccator"*
*Martin Luther

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