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Fishers of Men

Updated: Feb 4, 2021


Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, (Mark:1:14)


And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark:1:15)


Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (Mark:1:16)


And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (Mark:1:17)


And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. (Mark:1:18)


And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. (Mark:1:19)


And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him. (Mark:1:20)


Short and sweet, which is the writing style of the author of the Gospel of Mark.


Why it was necessary to mention that John the Baptist was put in prison is beyond me, but okay, John was put in prison.


The character Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”


Keeping in mind, that scribes or whoever, altered the scriptures, I find it hard to believe that the character Jesus would come out after spending forty days in the wilderness, preaching, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”


Repent to think differently or afterwards that is reconsider (morally to feel compunction).


That sounds more like something the character John the Baptist would say!


I wanted to believe that the Gospel of Mark was untouched by whoever “Edited” the scriptures, but instances like this make me wonder….


Anyway, the character Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee where he picked up Simon, Andrew, James and John, who he told, “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”


Actually, he only told Simon and Andrew that he would make them, “Fishers of men.” That’s it!


Matthew


Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; (Matthew:4:12)


And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: (Matthew:4:13)


Capernaum — a village (as protected by walls).

Zabulon — habitation; a region of Palestine.

Nephthalim — my wrestling; a tribe in Palestine.


That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, (Matthew:4:14)


The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; (Matthew:4:15)


The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (Matthew:4:16)


In the Gospel of Mark:


Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, (Mark:1:14)


And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark:1:15)


Wow! It’s hard to believe that the author of the Gospel of Matthew used the Gospel of Mark as a source sometimes.


The way the author of the Gospel of Matthew tells the story of the character Jesus is at times, simply incredible!


Not really. All one has to do is take the little that the author of the Gospel of Mark has written, search through some ancient scrolls, find a story which conveys the message one wishes to tell, change some words around and bam, there you have it!


Old Testament:


Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. (Isaiah:9:1)


The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Isaiah:9:2)


From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew:4:17)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark:1:15)


And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (Matthew:4:18)


In the Gospel of Mark:


Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (Mark:1:16)


The author of the Gospel of Matthew, just in the last two verses alone, left phrases out of, changed words and added a name to the verses that the author of the Gospel of Mark wrote.


This is a “Pattern” that will continue throughout the “Synoptic Gospels.


And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew:4:19)


And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. (Matthew:4:20)


And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. (Matthew:4:21)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. (Mark:1:19)


And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. (Matthew:4:22)


In the Gospel of Mark:


And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him. (Mark:1:20)


One gets the feeling, at least in the Gospel of Matthew, that the character Jesus is some kind of, “Unkind and Demanding” person.


In the Gospel of Mark, the character Jesus left Zebedee, “In the ship with the hired servants.”


And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (Matthew:4:23)


From the little that the author of the Gospel of Mark wrote, the author of the Gospel of Matthew was able to give us so much more….


The same story, but with a lot more “Color and Drama.” Because that’s the whole idea, “Make It More Believable Than the Gospel of Mark!”


Luke


Same story, same characters, minus the character Andrew, with a twist!


The author of the Gospel of Luke, no doubt, having read both the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, needed to change it up a bit.


And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, (Luke:5:1)


And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. (Luke:5:2)


The character Jesus saw two empty ships by a lake, instead of the sea.


Instead of focusing on the character Jesus, the author gets, “Up close” and “Personal” with the soon to be “Followers” of the character Jesus, particularly, the character Simon, minus, “Andrew his brother.”


And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. (Luke:5:3)


Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. (Luke:5:4)


And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. (Luke:5:5)


Simon, minus Andrew his brother, answering said unto him, the character Jesus, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net.”


I do not believe that it’s a coincidence that “Simon” added, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net,” since his name does mean:


Simon hearing; to hear intelligently (often with implication of {attention} {obedience} etc.…


It seems the author knew that and wrote accordingly?!


And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. (Luke:5:6)


And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. (Luke:5:7)


When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. (Luke:5:8)


For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: (Luke:5:9)


Seriously, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord,” because he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes?!


And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. (Luke:5:10)


The same, “James and John, the sons of Zebedee,” only now they are partners with Simon, minus Andrew his brother….


And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. (Luke:5:11)


The character Peter doesn’t show up in the Gospel of Mark until chapter three, until then the character Peter is the character Simon which means the character Peter was probably added during the, “Great Revision of the Synoptic Gospels,” which I believe happened because the character Jesus, supposedly, didn’t, “Return” in the time expected.

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