Fishers of Men
If Jesus came back today and wanted to pick disciples who do you think he would choose? Back in biblical day’s he chose the most unlikely people. He didn’t choose scholars, priest, kings or anything else that would make them extraordinary. As far as we know all of them were just ordinary men. We only know a few of the disciples jobs before they became apostles. Andrew, Simon also called Peter, James, John and Philip were all fishermen. Jesus said that they would now be fisher’s of men(Matthew 4:19). We are called to be fisher’s of men today. In this picture of Jesus it shows a representation of the first disciples being chosen, the fishermen. We are called, like this men, to go out and find people to teach the bible to.
Another disciple was Matthew who was a tax collector before he met Jesus. Tax collectors were not know as good men back then. Many of them took more tax than was required and pocketed the difference. Even the Pharisees disapproved of this as we see in Matthew 9:11-13. Jesus was eating with Matthew and other “sinners” and the Pharisees asked the disciples why Jesus was eating with these men. When Jesus heard what they were saying he rebuked the Pharisees and explained to them that he was not here to heal the righteous, he was here to heal the sinners. This, I believe, is one reason He chose the disciples He did. He didn’t want to help the priests who knew the law and obeyed it, he wanted to be able to help everyday ordinary people. Another person he chose to be a disciple was Simon who was a zealot. Zealots were people against the Roman Empire. They weren’t highly regarded and probably would have been considered terrorist today. All of these men being ordinary also had something else in common. Since they weren’t priests, they more easily accepted God’s teaching. They didn’t have their own agenda with the old laws, like the pharisees did, since the pharisees actually made a living off of the tithes that were given to them according to the old law. The old law is another reason Jesus might not have chosen priest, I don’t feel he would have wanted people he was teaching the new covenant, to confuse the old law with the new.
Today as christian we should all strive to act like the disciples. We should go about at least sharing the gospel with family, friends and neighbors. While we aren’t all pastors, we can invite people to church and share our knowledge, that we have of the bible, with them. So just remember he is calling you, to be fishers of men.