Summary of passage: When John the Baptist had been put in prison, Jesus returned to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum, which fulfilled Isaiah 9: 1,2.
Jesus called Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew to follow him. Then he called James and John. Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching the good news and healing people. News about him spread and people brought him man sick to heal. Large crowds followed him.
8a) Isaiah 9:1-2: Jesus visited the land of Zebulun and Naphtali and Galilee. He was the light to those living in the shadow of death.
Isaiah 11:1-3: Jesus will come from the line of Jesse and the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him, a Spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel, power, fear of the Lord and he will judge with righteousness.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Jesus is definitely the light in my otherwise dark world. I know I am judged by righteousness and I am saved eternally. I can go to him for wisdom, understanding, and counsel whenever I need him.
9a) Personal Question. My answer: It was immediate. One command was all it took to obey Jesus.
b) He will make them fishers of men.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Fishers of men is disciples so they would learn from Jesus first-hand as they followed him in his ministry and then go and “fish” out others to convert. I believe I am learning every day to follow Jesus and be like him and as I do I gain the knowledge I need to speak the good news to others.
10a) Repent, turn to God, and accept Jesus for the kingdom of God is near.
b) John the Baptist was preaching the same thing of repentance, only saying that Jesus was coming as well. When Jesus arrived, he brought the power of the Holy Spirit and the ability to grant people eternal life.
c) Accept me (Jesus) and have eternal salvation.
11a) Jesus has come to save you from you sins and offer you a way to God once again.
b) Personal Question. My answer: In Isaiah 35:10, we learn we will have everlasting joy and sorrow will flee away. Jesus came to save us all and to heal the sick and the broken-hearted who desperately need him. If we accept him, nothing can defeat us (including the devil) for Jesus is our guiding light in this dark world.
Conclusions: Wasn’t feeling this lesson. Not sure why. It seemed to be the same idea and thought and question just worded differently. We spent a lot of time in Isaiah looking at the prophecy of Jesus.
My favorite part was how the disciples immediately followed Jesus. They didn’t say,”Hold on, Jesus. I gotta go home and get a few things and make sure my house is in order.” No. They dropped what they were doing and followed him without question. Great example for us when we are called to do His work.
Extras: Great explanation of the phrase “fishers of men” HERE
Map showing Capernaum and Nazareth HERE
Map showing Zebulun and Naphtali HERE
Explanations: Matthew leaves out some of Jesus’ first ministries that is recorded in the first four chapters of John. Jesus left Nazareth because they did not believe in him (Luke 4:16-30) and chose Capernaum instead. Galilee at this time is a highly-populated, very productive and economically viable state with very fertile land with a lot of Gentiles.
The Greek word for preach means a herald’s proclamation from a king. Jesus was the herald for God.
Jesus had actually met these men previously (John 1:35-42 & Luke 5:3) but this was the first time he called them to follow him.
Fun Fact: This is the first time demon-possessed is mentioned in the New Testament. With the exception of Saul, it seems to be much more common in the New Testament than the Old Testament.