One day Jesus was walking along the shore and saw some fishermen. He told them to leave their nets and to follow him and he would make then fishers of men of men. Like so many other sayings, could this one have a hidden meaning?
Couldhave wanted them to understand that there were different ways to fish, because a meaning for ‘fish’ is, ‘to search and to seek.’Did Jesus want to show them how, if they would leave their nets?
Interesting that ‘leave’ comes from the, ’believe’ and ’ believe is, ’to accept something as true without absolute proof that it is true.’ Could Jesus have been trying to tell the fishermen that it was time to ‘leave,‘ to leave what they had always ‘believed and accepted’ about ?
Did Jesus also understand another meaning for the word nets? Possibly because the word ’net’ can mean, ’conditions and circumstances.’ Was Jesus trying to get the men to understand that their present ‘conditions and circumstances’ were only ‘agreements? Agreements because ‘conditions’ are ‘agreements.’ If so, an ‘agreement with what?
Agreements with the handed down beliefs and opinions from the ancient fathers? Ancient fathers who believed in a god of war and destruction
Interesting to know that the word ‘circumstance’ has a meaning of, ‘to stand around.’ And isn’t that what you do when you fish? the way you have been taught to fish? You ‘stand around, waiting’? Interesting that ‘stand’ can mean, an ‘opportunity.’
Was Jesus giving them an ‘opportunity’ to change their ‘conditions and circumstances’? An ‘opportunity’ to understand they did not have to agree with their conditions nor circumstances. They did not have to ‘agree’ with what they had been taught about God.
A God they had been taught was the real God….with ‘no proof that He was real?
“Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.”-Voltaire
Maybe, or why would he want them to ‘follow’ him? Guess because Jesus did know that a meaning for ‘follow’ is to ‘listen’ and to ‘accept as a teacher and guide.‘
Isn’t it most interesting to know different meanings for words? So think about this…Jesus wanted the fishermen to ‘follow‘ him…not follow him around the countryside…but to ‘follow’…to listen to him and to accept him as their guide.
Jesus wanted the fishermen to stop agreeing with worldly conditions and worldly circumstances and worldly beliefs and handed down opinions of God and his Creation and to ‘follow’ which in this case means to ‘listen to him and he would guide and teach them truths of a real God. And by understanding the real God, it would change their human conditions and circumstances.
Makes sense to me, how about you?