Luk 5:1 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,
Luk 5:2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
Luk 5:3 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.
Luk 5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
Luk 5:5 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.
Luk 5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
Luk 5:7 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.
Luk 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
Luk 5:9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
Luk 5:10 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.
Luk 5:11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
Simon Peter and his partners, James and John, had been out fishing (TOILING) all night and they did not have a good catch, it must have been very disappointing because fishermen depend on catching at least enough fish to support themselves and their families. The Bible said that they had TOILED (kopiao) all night.
TOILED: G2872, kopiaō, kop-ee-ah'-o
From a derivative of G2873; to feel fatigue; by implication to work hard: - (bestow) labour, toil, be wearied.
I have worked all night before and usually all I wanted to do after working all night was to go home and get some sleep. I imagine sleep was also very much on the minds of Peter, James, and John; however, when Jesus wanted to borrow their boat as a platform to teach the people on the shore, they put aside their own physical needs.
When Jesus was done teaching the people, He told Peter it was time to go fishing again. We get a brief insight into Peter’s thinking because he tries to explain to the Lord that “the fish aren’t biting.” However, we also get to see that although Peter sometimes spoke rashly, he was actually very meek and humble, which is probably why Jesus chose him as a disciple. Even though Peter had probably been fishing most of his life, and was probably older than Jesus, he still gave in to the Lord’s request and let down his net. Not only did Peter catch some fish, he caught so many fish, he needed to get help from his friends to pull the catch into his boat.
Then Peter said something wonderful…”Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Why did Peter make this seemingly strange statement?
I think I know why. Have you ever gone along with a person’s request just to avoid an argument? You decide to go along with a crazy request because you figure that it is easier to go along to get along then to get into a potentially heated controversy. Also, you might even be able to say, “I told you so,” afterwards. I have sometimes went along with someone, even when I believed they didn’t know what they were doing simply because arguing would be more trouble than it was worth. I am sure Peter had some not so very nice thoughts when he decided to just be obedient to Jesus and let down his nets.
When Peter caught a “miraculous” number of fish, he had a stricken conscience. Peter realized that not only did Jesus “know” what he was talking about, but Peter also recognized that Jesus was something “more” than your average Rabbi.
From the time Jesus began His ministry up to the day He was nailed to the cross, Jesus literally was thronged with multitudes of people. Why? Jesus was NOT toiling in His own strength! Jesus was not beating the weeds searching for converts. Jesus, and later His disciples, had something no other Rabbi possessed…MIGHTY WORKS!
Mar 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
MIGHTY WORKS: G1411, dunamis, doo'-nam-is
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): - ability, abundance, meaning, might (-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
I believe the “sons of God” will be revealed by miracles or MIGHTY WORKS! I also very much believe, they will NOT be toiling in their own strength.
Jesus Christ was our PERFECT example. I believe that Jesus is God, was God, and will always be God, BUT while He was on earth He was simply a man. I know this may be a controversial statement, so please let me try and explain. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Philippians because an argument between two members threatened to divide the Church. In the letter, Paul wrote the following three verses:
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
The following phrase, “made himself of no reputation,G2758 G1438” is made up of two (2) Greek words.
G2758, kenoō, ken-o'-o
From G2756; to make empty, that is, (figuratively) to abase, neutralize, falsify: - make (of none effect, of no reputation, void), be in vain.
G1438, heautou, heh-ow-too'
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.: - alone, her (own, -self), (he) himself, his (own), itself, one (to) another, our (thine) own (-selves), + that she had, their (own, own selves), (of) them (-selves), they, thyself, you, your (own, own conceits, own selves, -selves).
Therefore, the phrase literally means “TO MAKE EMPTY OF HIMSELF”.
Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Jesus Christ, the creator of heaven and earth, humbly and meekly became A MAN! He became a man to show us what men, and women, were created to be and most important, HOW TO BE WHAT WE WERE CREATED TO BE! There is a procedure for us to become just like Jesus and our part is to HUMBLY allow the Holy Spirit to transform us into the IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST.
The Apostle Paul explained to the Corinthians that his teaching and preaching were verified by the miracles that followed his preaching of the gospel.
1Co 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (DUNAMIS):
1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power (DUNAMIS) of God.
I believe the Apostles, especially the Apostle Paul, were the people who came closest to being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul emphasized his weakness, his fear, and his trembling but then he contrasted it with the POWER of God.
This is the KEY to being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. We MUST recognize that without God, we are literally NOTHING! This brings us to the following Bible verses:
Dan 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
Dan 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
I have always had a problem with most commentaries interpretation of this verse in the Book of Daniel. Namely that it is a description of God the Father and Jesus.
First, God the Father is invisible.
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Second, the description of the Ancient of days in the Book of Daniel bears a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ in the Book of Revelation.
Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
I had a revelation that the “Ancient of Days” seated on the throne of heaven was actually Jesus Christ. Therefore, I began to wonder, “Who was the one like the son of man?”
The phrase “one like the son of man” is actually two words: BAR ENOS.
BAR: H1247, bar, bar
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1121; a son, grandson, etc.: - X old, son.
ENOS: H606, 'ĕnâsh 'ĕnash, en-awsh', en-ash'
(Chaldee); corresponding to H582; a man: - man, + whosoever.
BAR is the Chaldean word for son and BEN is the Hebrew word for son. When I looked up the difference between "bar enos" (son of man) in Chaldean and "ben adam" (son of man) in Hebrew, I came across this interesting article:
In the New Testament the enigmatic figure mentioned by Daniel is almost always identified with Jesus. As one can glean from the philological analysis below, the Aramaic phrase bar 'ěnoš may connote more than a mere human being. It may define a human being in its defining characteristics vis-à-vis God, namely, weakness and mortality. Thus I would suggest rendering the phrase bar 'ěnoš as "son of weakness" or "the weak one." This semantic detail, absent in the New Testament Greek claque, huios (tou) anthrōpou "son of man," may help one better understand Jesus' references to himself as the humblest human being who came "to seek and save the lost one" (Luke 19:10)
The author of the article says that the term “bar enos” can also be interpreted as the “son of weakness”.
I believe the proper interpretation of Daniel 7:13, is the description of “the son of weakness” approaching Jesus Christ in His Glory. The only proper approach to Jesus Christ AND our invisible Father is by embracing our weakness. Not embracing sin but our inability to deal with sin, or our inability to deal with sickness, or our inability to deal with poverty, or our inability to deal with an angry neighbor, etc., etc, etc. The ONLY way to approach Jesus Christ is with TOTAL HUMILITY!
Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
The reason Jesus Christ was able to effortlessly deal with sickness and demons and angry Pharisees was because He embraced His identification as the “son of man” or the “son of weakness” and allowed the Holy Spirit to deal with every obstacle.
Joh 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
The more we identify with the “son of weakness”, the more we will become like the “Son of man”.