Let down your nets and you will catch many fish.

Jesus was teaching near the Sea of Galilee and the crowds were overwhelming him. He saw some fishermen cleaning their nets and asked one of them named Peter to push out from the shore so he could address the crowd. After teaching, Jesus told Peter to head back out and cast your nets for a massive catch.

Peter was an experienced fisherman. He knew that catching fish in the daytime was virtually impossible in the clear waters of the Galilee. But he agreed to go back out. He threw out his net and immediately was overwhelmed with the number of fish that had filled it. He called to his partners who came out in their boat and they filled both boats with fish. Immediately, Peter fell to his feet and worshiped Jesus. (Luke 5:1-11)

Miraculous catch of fish

Let Down Your Nets And You Will Fill Your Boat With Fish!

It is interesting that the KJV has Jesus telling Peter to throw out “nets,” and then later mentions only a singular net breaking under the pressure of a multitude of fish. They were cleaning their nets at the start of the sermon. Did they simply throw out an old net to appease Jesus?

Whether that is the case, the text is not clear. What is clear is that every fish in the sea was scrambling to get into that net. Animals respond to faith. And Peter, even if reluctantly, responded in faith to Jesus’ words and cast out his net. He spoke in agreement to Jesus’ Words, and then acted on his faith.

The disciples had toiled all night, and this had simply repelled the fish. When Peter cooperated with Jesus, the Blessing attracted all the fish they could handle. They managed to fill two boats with fish in the daytime!

When God’s Favor, the Blessing of the Lord, is on your life, work becomes easy. Its the curse that brings struggles, toiling, worry, and sweat (Genesis 3:17-19). Jesus came to endure the curse for you, so you can enjoy the Blessing. You simply joyfully do what you can do, and leave the rest to God. Its easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. (Genesis 1:26-31, 12:1-4, Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Psalm 112:1-10, Proverbs 3:3-6 10:21-22, Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-34, Galatians 3:8-14, Ephesians 3:14-21)

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 6:25-26, 6:31-33 <KJV>

God knows what you need before you even ask. As Jesus explains in Matthew 6, you don’t have to worry about things. Make the Kingdom of God your first priority, and God will make sure all your needs are met. You can see this principle at work in the story of the miraculous catch of fish. Peter was a fisherman and was experiencing lack – no fish. When he heard the Word of God, and acted in faith, Jesus made sure his boat was filled. His needs, both spiritual and physical were met that day.

And one final thought, Peter let Jesus use his boat. Or in other words, he sowed his boat/time into Jesus’ ministry. He activated the Law of Sowing and Reaping (Luke 6:38). In the Kingdom of God, the Blessing flows through people. When you give as God directs, it is like sowing seed. No matter what IT is that is sown, that seed is never lost. The world calls that silly. They see it as a waste, or a loss. But God sees it quite differently – you are more Blessed (empowered to prosper) when you give, than when you receive (Acts 20:35). Because every seed sown, no matter how small or large, will produce a harvest. Often, it is much, much more than what was sown. God believes in superabundance, floodgates of heaven, pressed down and running over, above all that you could ever ask or think kind of returns. Agree with Him! He wants you so abundantly Blessed, so He can use you to Bless others. (Genesis 26:12-14, Leviticus 26:1-13, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 3:5-10, 11:23-25, 19:17, Malachi 3:10-11, Matthew 13:23, Mark 10:29-30, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Philippians 4:19)

Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.

Jesus Fish Peter

Throw Your Net On The Right Side Of The Boat. They Dragged The Net Full Of Fish To The Shore Filled With 153 Large Fish.

Later, after the resurrection, Jesus met the disciples on the beach while they were fishing. They had fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus told them to, “throw your net out on the right side of the boat and you will catch plenty of fish.” The disciples obeyed and could barely lift the net it was so full of fish. Peter realized it was Jesus and jumped into the water and swam to shore where Jesus had bread and fish cooking on a charcoal fire. (John 21:1-14)

As Peter, John, and the other 5 disciples enjoyed breakfast, Jesus turned to Peter and asked him, “Do you really love me more than these others?”

Earlier, Peter had boasted that if everyone else deserted Jesus, he would not. And then shortly after, he vehemently denied that he knew Jesus three times. He had wept bitterly over his actions, and no doubt this weighed heavily on him throughout the trial and crucifixion.

In this tender exchange with Peter, Jesus would ask Peter three times if he really loved him. In the Greek, the word for love (agapao) that Jesus used is the God kind of love, or a perfect, committed love. Jesus used this word in the first two questions. Each time Peter used a different word for love (phileo), which means brotherly love, affection, or fondness. Perhaps zeal, fear, or his pride had caused his stumble before. This time he would speak with caution, even humility. However, this did not address his problem. Peter needed forgiveness. He needed his relationship restored with Jesus, and that started with him forgiving himself, and then an assurance that Jesus had forgiven him. (Matthew 6:12-15, Mark 11:24-26, Luke 6:37, 1 John 1:5-10)

The third time, Jesus meets Peter at his level using the same word as Peter (phileo). This time Peter acknowledges that Jesus knows all, and there should be no doubt of his love for his Savior. Jesus responds as before, telling him to feed his sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and the Bread of Life. He needs followers willing to share the Word, to demonstrate God’s Love to a hurting world, and to care for His flock. If you love God, you demonstrate it by your love for others. (John 6:47-51, 6:60-69, 10:11-18, 1 Peter 5:1-7, 1 John 4:4-7)

There were three denials by Peter. Now, there were three confessions of love for his Savior. This was Jesus doing what was necessary to get Peter to forget the past, and prepare for a wonderful future spreading the Good News. Only this time he would be empowered from within by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 10:19-24, John 16:7-16, Acts 1:8)

In E.W. Bullinger’s wonderful book Number In Scripture, there are some excellent thoughts on the meaning of the number of fish – 153. Building on others’ work, Bullinger lays out a case for 153 being the exact number of individuals that received a direct blessing from Jesus, and were recorded in the Gospels. It has also been suggested that 153 was the number of known species of fish, symbolizing that the net of the Gospel would take in all races and nations, and still not break.

Regardless of the merits of these observations, this second fish story needs to be carefully considered since it is ripe with revelation. No detail in the Bible is without importance. Everything in God’s Word is meant to be revealed and understood. And even if the revelation is not clear at first, in no way does that diminish its importance. (Matthew 10:26-27, Mark 4:21-25, Luke 8:16-18)

There are 7 disciples on the boat. Seven represents spiritual perfection. Peter, James, John, and Jesus were all present for this fishing trip. There seems to be a connection between their presence, and Jesus raising the dead – note that just those three disciples were the only ones that witnessed Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter. They were also the only three disciples that joined him for the Transfiguration, an event that is a prophetic vision of the Rapture – when Jesus returns for his body, the Church.  At shore, Jesus already had a fire, with fish and bread prepared and ready for them to eat. John declares that there was no uncertainty among the disciples that this was their risen Lord. (Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 5:21-43)

Fishing is used to symbolize evangelism (Matthew 4:19, Mark 1:17, Luke 5:1-11), and End Times events (Matthew 13:47-50). There is a big catch of fish at the start of Jesus’ ministry, and another at the end of his Earthly ministry. In both instances, the catch was overwhelming. The net of the Gospel has been cast out. His invitation is sent. Salvation is a free gift and readily available to all. His “net” never breaks, and His “boat” is never too full. It is God’s will that all be saved. (Ezekiel 18:23, John 3:14-18, Romans 10:9-13, 1 Timothy 2:1-6)

May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,

That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];

[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—

Ephesians 3:17-20 <AMP>

From both fishing stories you can learn so much about Jesus and his love for you. He knew their needs before they even asked. When he told them what to do, and they obeyed even when it seemed ridiculous, they received an overflowing abundance, way beyond what they could ever have imagined. God is a God of abundance. Start expecting Him to provide abundantly more than you could ever imagine.

Some Reading Suggestions For the Miraculous Catch of Fish Miracles:
Simon’s Net-breaking, Boat-sinking Catch of Fish – A free online Bible story about the miraculous catch of fish miracle.

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