Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch
Today I would like to share a revelation that is prevalent for today from this very passage of scripture, the Gospel of Luke 5:1-7;
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon,
“ Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
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.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats so that they began to sink.
It was from the latter end of this piece of scripture where previously I was enlightened and enthused ‘They signalled to their partners in the other boat’ meant to me the other church. That if one was obedient and the other looked on, then they would still share in the catch, for the catch was for all, but one had to be obedient first.
Now with obedience sits its necessary partner, availability For how can one or many be obedient if they don’t make themselves available. Many cannot be obedient, for some do not make themselves available. Many may say, “Here I am, use me,” but in their hearts they think ‘but I won’t do this or do that.’ Limiting what one will do is no obedience at all, and ‘I can only do Wednesday evening after 8:30 pm as there is nothing on TV then!’
So they were available by being on the shore, and it seems they were reluctantly obedient. Indeed these were skilled fishermen who knew the sea and the ways of the fish well, but it is not the church coming together, or the catch of fish that caught my eye today, it was these words.
“ Launch out into the deep..”
“ Launch out,” the Master says, and why? Is this not Jesus the Son of God, He could command the fish to come to Him! He has to tell us such common things that are before our very eyes. The deep is full of fish, yet the boat is on the shore! How many fish will wriggle and swim to near the water’s edge and take a mighty leap into the net that is folded?
“ Launch out” seems so obvious, yet it still needed the Master to declare it! And where is the deep? Why is it not over there? Or over there? Or over there? There is one thing for sure, that it is not where it is not and that is dry land!
No there will never be a miraculous catch of fish on dry land!
And what of the fishermen to start with, had they not laboured and toiled and used their skill and knowledge all night? Of course they had, it says it right there in verse 5 that they had worked all night and caught nothing. But didn’t the Master see this, did He not know, of course, He did, and if you look further on in verse 22, it says He perceived their thoughts. No, it was because He knew their efforts that He said,
“ Launch out”…
And then, there was a miraculous catch of fish, and then Our Lord and Saviour tells them, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
So today, ask, where is the deep Lord, where must I go Lord, and where is my boat Lord, because there is no catch on dry land!
“ Launch out!”