A NET FULL OF FISHES
Matthew iv: 18 to 22; Mark i: 16 to 34; Luke iv: 33, to v: 11.
OU remember that when Jesus was by the river Jordan, a
few young men came to him as followers or disciples.
We have read of these men,—Andrew and John, Peter and
Philip, and Nathanael, in Story 115.
While Jesus was teaching near Jerusalem and in Samaria,
these men stayed with Jesus; but when he came to
Galilee, they went again to their homes and their work,
for most of them were fishermen from the Sea of
One morning, soon after Jesus came to Capernaum, he
went out of the city, by the sea, followed by a great
throng of people, who had come together to see him and
to hear him. On the shore were lying two fishing boats,
one of which belonged to Simon and Andrew, the other to
James and John and their father Zebedee. The men
themselves were not in the boats, but were washing
their nets near by.
JESUS CALLS JAMES AND JOHN
Jesus stepped into the boat that belonged to Simon
Peter and his brother Andrew, and asked them to push it
out a little into the lake, so that he could talk to
the people from it without being crowded too closely.
They pushed it out; and then Jesus sat in the boat, and
spoke to the people as they stood upon the beach.
After he had finished speaking to the people, and had
sent them away, he said to Simon Peter:
"Put out into the deep water, and let down your nets to
catch some fish."
"Master," said Simon, "we have been fishing all night,
and have caught nothing; but if it is your will, I will
let down the net again."
They did as Jesus bade them; and now the net caught so
many fishes, that Simon and Andrew could not pull it
up, and it was in danger of breaking. They made signs
to the two brothers, James
 and John, who were in the
other boat, for them to come and help them. They came,
and lifted the net, and poured out the fish. There
were so many of them that both the boats were filled,
and began to sink.
THE NETS WERE FILLED WITH FISHES
When Simon Peter saw this, he was struck with wonder,
and felt that it was by the power of God. He fell down
at the feet of Jesus, saying, "O Lord, I am full of
sin, and am not worthy of all this! Leave me, O Lord."
But Jesus said to Simon, and to the others, "Fear not;
but follow me, and I will make you from this time
fishers of men."
From that time these four men, Simon and Andrew, James
and John, gave up their nets and their work, and walked
with Jesus as his disciples.
On the Sabbath after this Jesus and his disciples went
together to the synagogue, and spoke to the people.
They listened to him and were surprised at his
teaching; for while the scribes always repeated what
the other scribes had said before, Jesus never spoke of
what the men of old time had taught; but spoke in his
own name, and by his own power, saying, "I say unto
you," as one who had
 the right to speak. Men felt that
Jesus was speaking to them as the voice of God.
JESUS TEACHING AT NAZARETH
On one Sabbath, while Jesus was preaching, a man came
into the synagogue, who had in him an evil spirit; for
sometimes evil spirits came into men, and lived in them,
and spoke out from them. The evil spirit in this man
cried out, saying:
"Let us alone, thou Jesus of Nazareth! What have we to
do with thee? Hast thou come to destroy us? I know
thee; and I know who thou art, the Holy One of God!"
Then Jesus spoke to the evil spirit in the man, "Be
still; and come out of this man!"
Then the evil spirit threw the man down, and seemed as
if he would tear him apart, but he came out, and left
the man lying on the ground, without harm.
Then wonder fell upon all the people. They were filled
with fear, and said, "What mighty word is this? This
man speaks even to the evil spirits, and they obey
After the meeting in the synagogue Jesus went into the
house where Simon Peter lived. There he saw lying upon
a bed the mother of Simon's wife, who was very ill with
a burning fever. He stood over her, and touched her
hand. At once the fever left her; she rose up from her
bed and waited upon them.
At sunset the Sabbath-day was over; and then they
 to Jesus from all parts of the city those that
were sick, and some that had evil spirits in them.
Jesus laid his hands upon the sick and they became
well; he drove out the evil spirits by a word, and
would not allow them to speak.