Verse 1 – Now so it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,
Verse 2 – and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.
Verse 3 – Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
Just to clear up any confusion: Lake Gennesaret was an alternate name for the Sea of Galilee, which is also called the Sea of Tiberias. Jesus didn’t just walk up to these fishermen’s boats and take one, he knew them before hand, especially Peter.
Verse 4 – Now when He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
Verse 5 – But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
I just caught something: After Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and then went outside the house, healed people until day-break. Jesus then went off to be alone, but the people followed Him and that’s when He ends up at the fishermen’s boat. But Peter must have not been with Him all night to see the miracles, because he just said he had fished all night. But keep in mind, Peter had seen his mother-in-law healed immediately after Jesus rebuked the fever.
Verse 6 – And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.
Verse 7 – So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
Sometimes it doesn’t make any sense to follow the prompting of Jesus; words, but if you do, there will be a reward.
Verse 8 – When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus knees saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
The soul that recognizes Jesus is conscious of utter unworthiness, but fear is lost in love.
Verse 9 – For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;
Verse 10 – and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
Verse 11 – So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
For us, following Jesus means more than just acknowledging Him as Savior. We must leave our past behind and commit our future to Him.
A Leper Is Cleansed
Verse 12 – And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Leprosy was a feared disease because there was no known cure, and in some cases highly contagious. Because leprosy damages the nerve endings, people would sometimes hurt themselves and not know it, fingers, toes, and the nose was highly affected.
Verse 13 – Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
His touching the leper, yet remaining clean, is a type of His taking our sinful humanity upon Himself, yet remaining undefiled.
Verse 14 – And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.”
Verse 15 – Then the report went around concerning Him all the more, and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.
Verse 16 – So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Verse 17 – Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there was Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Verse 18 – Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed. And they sought to bring him in and lay him before Him.
Mark says that the crowd was so thick that they couldn’t even get close to the door.
Verse 19 – And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down on his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.
Verse 20 – So when He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
Does this statement imply that some aliments or diseases are associated with sin? Jesus was impressed with this man’s friend’s faith. We cannot make another person a Christian, but we can do much through our words, actions, and love to give the person a chance to respond.
Verse 21 – And the scribes and Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Verse 22 – But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
You can truly see where the Pharisees hearts are. Forget the healing of the paralytic man, they were only concerned that Jesus told the man his sins were forgiven. If God is the only one whom can forgive sin, then that should have been a huge hint to who Jesus was.
Verse 23 – “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk?
Verse 24 – “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise take up your bed and go to your house.”
Verse 25 – Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
Verse 26 – And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”
Has God saved you? Has He healed your body? Has He blessed you financially? Then why is it no matter what the size of the crowd is in any given church, I only see a hand full of people praising God for what He has done? I think its because; the ones who will not sing, raise their hands in reverence, or shout for joy, are ungrateful. And until we praise the King like He is entitled to be praised, we won’t see any miracles or lives being changed!
Matthew Is Called
Verse 27 – After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.”
Verse 28 – And he left all, rose up, and followed Him.
Verse 29 – Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.
Levi is another name for Matthew. Him becoming a disciple was very open. He told other tax collectors, in which he gave a great feast in honor of Jesus.
Verse 30 – But their scribes and the Pharisees murmured against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinner?”
Tax collectors were considered “unclean” by the Jews. The Pharisees and the scribes, thought so highly of themselves, they would never sit down to a meal with sinners and tax collectors.
Romans 12:3 – For I say, through the grace given to me, to every one who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one the measure of faith.
Verse 31 – And Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick.
Verse 32 – “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
The Pharisees were self-righteous and self-deceived. They would not admit it to themselves, but they were the sick in need of a Savior. We have to admit to ourselves that nothing we can do ourselves, can save us. We need the Savior. If a person can’t admit this, then they won’t repent.
Jesus Teaches About Fasting
Verse 33 – Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”
Verse 34 – And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?
Verse 35 – “But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”
Jesus doesn’t concentrate on the necessity of fasting. The Christian fasts would be voluntary, not compulsory; not the need of following a rigid command. Our Lord never entered fully into the subject of fasting, and it is clear that throughout the Bible it is never enjoined as a frequent duty, though it is sanctioned and encouraged in times of need.
Fasting is not commanded, nor is it forbidden. The Christian is free, but must while temperate in all things, do exactly that which finds most conductive to their spiritual and moral welfare.
Verse 36 – Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.
Jesus wasn’t changing the subject, He was merely showing them He could not be contained to their traditions and rules that they had made for themselves. Our church programs and ministries should not be so structured that they have no room for a fresh touch of the Spirit, a new method, or a new idea. We too have to be careful not to become so rigid that it prevents us from accepting the new way of thinking that Christ brings.
Verse 37 – “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined.
Verse 38 – “But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.
Verse 39 – “And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’ ”
This last verse is exactly what some people think: “It was good enough for my father, it is good enough for me.”
It is the un-progressive spirit which relies simply on authority, precedent, and tradition. People don’t want to abandon the old customs and traditions they have come accustomed to. As if to say, “We don’t do that in our church!”