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Sermon on Luke 5:1-11 - Catchers of Men

Although it is obvious, as we have seen, that Luke depended upon Mark for the general outline of his material on the public ministry of Christ in Galilee, including in his own Gospel nearly all the incidents Mark records about Christ's ministry; nevertheless, Luke departs from Mark's outline when it suits his purposes and theme.

The first such departure of Luke from Mark's outline is our text, 5:1-11, which interrupts the parallel course of the narratives of Luke and Mark with the story of the miraculous catch of fish by Christ's apostles. This is one of the six miracle stories recounted only by Luke, (5:1-11; 7:11-17; l3:1O-17; 14:1-6; 17:11-19; 22:51). Whereas this story that has as its climax Jesus' words to Peter, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.," is similar to Mark's account of the calling of the disciples by Jesus to leave their nets and follow Him with the summons, "Come after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men," (Mk. 1:16-20), nevertheless these two stories are basically so different that Luke's story cannot be a simple revision and amplification of Mark's story. Mark's story and Luke's story differ in details, location, situation, content and purpose. Furthermore, once again we see Luke's almost lack of concern for chronological sequence, for he tells this story "without establishing any connection with what precedes or what follows." - Stonehouse