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when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned
and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had
been with Jesus. Acts 4:13.
Christ was upon this earth, He did not direct fishermen to leave their nets and
boats, and go to the Jewish teachers to gain a preparation for the gospel ministry.
Walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw "two brethren, Simon called Peter,
and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And
he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway
left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two
brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee
their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left
the ship and their father, and followed him" (Matt. 4:18-22).
prompt obedience, without any question, without one promise of wages, seems remarkable.
But the words of Christ were an invitation that implied all that He meant it should.
There was an impelling influence in His words. There was no long explanation,
but what He said had a drawing power. . . .
would make these humble fishermen, in connection with Himself, the means of taking
men out of the service of Satan, and making them believers in Christ, teaching
them in regard to the kingdom of God. In this work they would become His ministers,
fishers of men. . . .
chose the foolish things of the world-those whom the world pronounced unlearned
and ignorant-to confound the wise men of the world. The disciples were unlearned
in the traditions of the rabbis, but with Christ as their example and teacher,
they were gaining an education of the highest order; for they had before them
a divine Example. Christ was presenting to them truths of the highest character.
whom God employs to do service for Him, He would have fitted in His way for that
service. Those who preach Christ must learn of Christ daily, in order to understand
the mystery of saving and serving the souls for whom He has died. . . . They must
pattern after Him in all things, sharing His tender compassion and His sternness
against all evil working.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 226, 227.