And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea…
I. THAT TO THE EYE OF CHRIST THE CHIEF OBJECT IN NATURE WAS MAN.
1. He was unlike those who view it in a merely mercenary spirit.
2. Or those who view it in merely sentimental mood. He regarded man as chief in nature —
(1) Because man is the highest representation of God on earth;
(2) Because he is the only intelligent appreciator of God on the earth;
(3) Because he is the only voluntary servant of God on the earth.
II. THAT THE CHIEF OBLIGATION OF MAN IS TO FOLLOW CHRIST.
1. The simplicity of His claim.
2. The Divine authority of His claim.
3. The powerfulness of His Word.
III. THAT THE FOLLOWING OF CHRIST QUALIFIES A MAN TO RESCUE HIS FELLOW-MAN. The text is an argument against underrating human nature; against mysticism in religion; against indolence in the cause of Christ.
(U. R. Thomas.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.