Mark 1: 16-20 – the first disciples are called

Sea of Galilee fro Tiberias

Sea of Galilee from Tiberias

16  Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

Ordinary men.  Not rabbis or learned men. Jesus appeals to everyman.

Jesus’ appears first to the disciples at Galilee and some of his last appearances to them are there too (John 21:1-23, Matt 28: 16-20, Mark 16: 15-18)

Palestinian fishermen17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

One of my favourite verses!  The expression Jesus uses is metaphorical.  He often does not speak literally during his earthly ministry.  Much of what he says is obscure.  He teaches in parables. What he teaches needs wrestling with, pondering, meditating on… for the rest of our lives.

18And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

This is different to the account given in John’s Gospel and Luke.  Mark chose to emphasise the immediacy of their response.  This for me indicates how very compelling Jesus was to them, that Simon (Peter) and Andrew left their families, livelihood and all they knew to follow Jesus into an unknown future.  Mark’s gospel emphasises the power of Jesus and here it is exemplified in the response of Peter and Andrew.  If only we could react as decisively and follow Jesus so completely!

19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Mark uses immediately again.  This time it is Jesus who acts immediately.  His omniscience enables him to choose/know his disciples instantaneously.

Following Jesus will sometimes mean families are divided.  There can be a cost.  Lives are changed – irrecoverably.

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2 Responses to “Mark 1: 16-20 – the first disciples are called”

  1. Tim Archer Says:

    I like the way Jesus doesn’t explain anything about what lies ahead. He merely says “Follow me.”

    Kind of what he does with us, right?

    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

  2. preacherman Says:

    Awesome post.
    Thanks for the reminder and the great pics.
    We should cherish the term and strive to be true disciples of Christ.
    God bless you and your work in the Lord.

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