The Good News – Fishers and Healers of Men

And it came to be, while the crowd was pressing upon Him to hear the word of Elohim, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesar, and He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.
   And Yahushua, walking by the Sea of Galil, saw two brothers, Shim’on called Kepha, and Andri his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
   And entering into one of the boats, which belonged to Shim’on, He asked him to pull away a little from the land. And He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat. And when He ceased speaking, He said to Shim’on, “Pull out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
   And Shim’on answering, said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught none, but at Your word I shall let down the net.”
   And when they did so, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking, and they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they were sinking. And when Shim’on Kepha saw it, he fell down at the knees of Yahushua, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a man, a sinner, O Master!”
   For astonishment had seized him and all those with him, at the catch of fish which they took, so too were Ya’aqov and Yochanan, the sons of Zavdai, who were partners with Shim’on. Then Yahushua said to Shim’on, “Do not fear, from now on you shall catch men.”
   And having brought the boats to land, and immediately they left the boat and their father Zavdai in the boat with the hired servants, and they left all and followed Him.
   And they went into Kephar Nachum, and immediately on the Sabbath He went into the congregation and taught. And they were astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching them as possessing authority, and not as the scribes. And there was a man in their congregation with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying, “Ha! What have we to do with You, Yahushua of Natsareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are: the Set-apart One of Elohiym!”
   And Yahushua rebuked him, saying, “Be silenced, and come out of him!”
   And throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit called out with a loud voice, and came out of him. And they were all so amazed, as to reason among themselves, saying, “What is this, a fresh teaching? With authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him!”
   And news about Him immediately spread into all the country around Galil.
   And coming out of the congregation, they went straight to the house of Shim’on and Andri, with Ya’aqov and Yochanan. And the mother-in-law of Shim’on lay sick with inflammation, and immediately they spoke to Him about her. And having come, He took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the inflammation left her, and she served them.
   And when evening came, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the entire city had gathered at the door. And He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons, and was not allowing the demons to speak, because they knew Him. That it might be filled what was spoken by Yeshayahu the prophet, saying, “Truly, He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains.” (Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 53:4)
   And having risen very early in the morning, while still dark, He went out, and went away to a lonely place, and there He prayed. And Shim’on and those who were with Him searched for Him, and when they found Him, they said to Him, “All are seeking You.”
   And He said to them, “Let us go into the neighbouring towns, to the other cities, so that I proclaim there also, because for this I have come forth.”
   And Yahushua went about all Galil, and casting out demons, teaching in their congregations, and proclaiming the Good News of the reign, and healing every disease and every bodily weakness among the people. And news about Him went out into all Syria. And they brought to Him all who were sick, afflicted with various diseases and pains, and those who were demon-possessed, and epileptics, and paralytics. And He healed them. And large crowds – from Galil, and Dekapolis, and Yerushalayim, and Yehudah, and beyond the Yarden – followed Him.
    And it came to be when He was in a certain city, that see, a man covered with leprosy saw Yahushua. And he, kneeling down fell on his face and begged Him, saying, “Master, if You desire, You are able to cleanse me.”
    And Yahushua, moved with compassion stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I desire it. Be cleansed.”
    And immediately the leprosy left him. And He ordered him to say it to no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make a sacrifice for your cleansing, as a witness to them, as Mosheh commanded.”
    But he went out and began to publish it so much, and to spread the word, that Yahushua was no longer able to openly enter the city. And the news about Him was spreading even more. And large crowds were coming together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their sicknesses. But He was often withdrawing Himself to lonely places and praying. Yet they came to Him from all directions.
    And entering into a boat, He passed over, and came to His own city. And some days later He again entered into Kephar Nachum, and it was heard that He was in the house. And so many gathered together, that there was no more room, not even at the door. And He spoke the Word to them.

Exposition

 This portion of The Good News Series transverses three of the four Gospels: Mattityahu (Matthew) 4:18-25; Marços (Mark) 1:19-45; and Luços (Luke) 5:1-16. This is the beginning of the assembly of Yahushua’s Talmidim, his taught ones/Apostles, whom would spread the Kingdom message to the people.
  What beautiful images we have here, further reinforcing the agricultural/biological references: Fishermen to “Fishers of men” and learning “on what side to cast your net.” The benefit of “free will,” given to us by the Father, is the choice of man’s way or Elohim’s way – the way of the flesh or the way of the spirit. Through faith and spiritual discipline, the men were taught cast their net on the “right side” representing the paths of righteousness and were blessed immensely. Conversely, we are all taught that while we may cast our own “nets” on the opposite side and may occasionally be blessed with a catch, yet it is through following His Torah and His ways that we will be blessed repeatedly and without fail. In order for us to be “fishers of men,” we must put on Messiah everyday, walk the walk that He did, and let the love of Messiah permeate all of our ways in every moment of every day – even in moments of weakness, we must still strive to show the love Messiah to all!
 We also have the examples of physical and spiritual cleansing – purification from leprosy, restoration of sight, hearing, speech and mobility, and casting out of demonic spirits. Amazingly, we have the same powers that were granted the Talmidim – to cast out evil spirits, to heal the sick, and to even move mountains if we so desire and have the right spirit!
Shalom Aleichem!
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