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Fishermen

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By Region Two Presbyter, Pastor Jim Pollard
October 12, 2018
 

The inspiration for the following comes from an article by Wave Nunnally, PH.D., professor of Early Judaism and Christian Origins at Evangel University and a regular instructor in Israel for CHLS, in his article Nunnally reveals the reasons behind why Jesus specifically chose men who were fishermen or from fishing villages as His disciples. Matthew 4:19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." Nunnally writes that the inspiration for the Lord’s choice of fishermen and His language “fishers of men” is likely to be sought in the Old Testament writings of Jeremiah. Jeremiah 16:16. “But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.” In this scripture the first point, “… I will send for many fisherman, declares the Lord, and they will catch them” is the mission of the Church. Fishing for men, and offering them hope through Jesus Christ our savior. Fishers of men is the Church’s highest priority, all of our activities and events should have at the core a bed rock foundation, the saving grace of God’s mercy. I am often heart broken by the cruelty of mankind, the only real, secure, and lasting help, that will prevent future crimes and atrocities against the peoples of our world, is the hope found in Jesus Christ. And the reason that the Church must not delay but catch as many men as possible is because of the second part of verse #16, “…After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.” The first speaks of catching and saving men from sin, the second speaks of judgment upon the sinner. Verses 17 & 18 “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes. I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.” The Church has the responsibility of fishing for men’s souls, it is not our part or duty to exercise God’s judgement. In this day of mercy, let us fish! Some time ago I went fishing with a couple of friends, we had heard they were catching some “big ones” nothing like the words “big ones” to inspire the desire to go fishing. In the course of our fishing all we caught were very small perch. After a couple of hours of catching small perch, one of my friends said it doesn’t matter what you put on the hook for bait you always seem to catch a perch. This is true in fishing for men, let us not fish for men because we don’t have the newest technology or have not been able to employ the newest model of evangelism or church planting, let us fish with the bait on hand. If we fish we will catch men, for sure if we do not fish, we will not catch men. May we fish for the lost souls of humanity.