MMCC Preaching Workshop Part 2 Practical Hermeneutics. “COME FOLLOW ME”…. Mark 1:16-20 By Bong Aquino III & Paris Murray. Mark 1:16-20.
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As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him
Peter was no ordinary working man. He and his partners owned fishing craft and the means to carry on profitable business. Peter and his brother Andrew shared their fishing business with the brothers, James and John, sons of Zebedee (Luke 5:7, 10)
Peter’s brother, Andrew, was a disciple of John the Baptist and was given to enlisting other disciples, so it was inevitable that Peter would be brought to Jesus (John 1:35-42)
The Gospel of John reports that Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist before he joined Jesus. John also reports that Peter was introduced to Jesus by his brother Andrew who had already recognized Jesus as the Messiah.
Verse 16-19 is an abbreviated version of Peter’s meeting with Jesus (same with Matthew 4:18-20 and Luke 5:1-11- Synoptic Gospels).
Gospel of Mark – Shorter and more action packed. Mark directs his book toward a Roman audience because he pictures Jesus as a man of action, showing what Jesus did to get the attention of his roman audience.
Mark was very direct in his description of this account because his intended audience (Romans). The style of his writing was very direct and concise.
As we see, it was not the first encounter of Simon Peter and Andrew with Jesus (John 1:35-42)
John the Baptist gave his testimony concerning Jesus with his disciples, one of them being Andrew (V41), who in turn introduced Peter to Jesus.
The second is presumably the author himself (NIVBC)
That is why when Jesus called them to follow him as in the beginning of his Ministry there was an immediate response from Peter and Andrew. They knew about him already. This was not their first meeting with Jesus.
For James and John, they witnessed a miracle by Jesus (Luke 5:1-11)
They knew he was the messiah because of Peter’s testimony and the miracle they saw.
It is hard to follow somebody whom you do not personally know…
Q. How much do you know about Jesus that you will be willing to follow his footsteps?
Q. How much do you know about Jesus that you are willing to sacrifice everything just to follow him? (Peter and Andrew left their fishing boats same with James and John cf. Luke 5:1-11. They were no ordinary workmen. They owned a fishing boat. They have means for profitable business)