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 BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE

In Order of Appearance

NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • John 2:12 – After this, Jesus, his mother, his brothers, and his followers went down into the town of Capernaum. They stayed there for a few days.
  • Matthew 4:13-17 – After leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, beside Lake Galilee, in the Zebulun and Naphtali area. 14He did this to fulfill what God had said through the prophet Isaiah: 15“O land of Zebulun, O land of Naphtali, the way to the Mediterranean Sea across the Jordan River, O Galilee of the nations.16The people who live in darkness have seen a great light. The light has dawned upon the people who live in that country and in the fear of death.” (Isaiah 9:1-217From then on, Jesus began to proclaim: “Change your hearts, because the kingdom of heaven is very near!”
  • John 1:40-41,44-4540Andrew (Simon Peter’s brother) was one of the two men who heard John and followed Jesus. 41The first thing that Andrew did was to find his own brother, Simon. Andrew said to him, “We have found the Messiah!” (This word means ‘Christ.’g)…44Philip was from Bethsaida, the same town where Andrew and Peter lived. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the law. The prophets wrote about him, too! He is Jesus, the son of Joseph, from the village of Nazareth.”
  • Luke 5:10 – James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed, too. (James and John were partners with Simon.) Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will catch people, instead of fish!”
  • Although James and John have not been called by Jesus yet, they have known him all their lives, being the sons of Salome, Mary’s sister.  Compare Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40.  They are also partners of Peter and Andrew who have been called by Jesus and would have been told about it.
  • Matthew 27:56 – Some of them were: Mary (from the town of Magdala); Mary (the mother of James and Joseph); and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
  • Mark 15:40 – Some women were there, too. They were far away, watching. Some of them were: Mary (from the town of Magdala); Mary (the mother of the younger James and Joses); and Salome.
  • John 19:25 – Jesus’ mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary from the town of Magdala stood near the cross. 
  • The fishing on the Sea of Galilee was best done at night when the fish came closer to the cooler surface.
  • Mark 1:29 – After Jesus left the synagogue, he went immediately into Simon and Andrew’s house, along with James and John. 
  • Mathew 4:18-22 – While Jesus was walking beside Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers. They were Simon (called Peter) and Andrew, his brother. They were fishermen, and they were throwing their nets into the lake. 19Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishermen—of people!” 20They left their nets immediately and followed him. 21Jesus went farther and saw two more men. They were brothers—James and John—sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with Zebedee, their father, preparing their nets. Jesus called them also. 22Immediately, they left the boat and their father to follow Jesus.
  • Luke 4:33-41 – 33In the synagogue there was a man who had an evil spirit inside him. The man shouted with a loud voice, 34“Bah! Jesus of Nazareth! What do you want with us!? Did you come here to destroy us!? I know who you are—God’s Holy One!” 35But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit. Jesus said, “Stop talking and come out of the man!” The demon threw the man down on the ground in front of all the people. Then the evil spirit left the man without hurting him. 36The people were shocked. They continued to ask each other, “What does this mean!? With such authority and power Jesus commands evil spirits and they come out!” 37And so, the news about Jesus was spreading to every place in the whole area. 38Jesus left the synagogue. He went into Simon’sf house. Simon’s mother-in-law was very sick. She had a high fever. They asked Jesus to do something to help her. 39Jesus stood very close to her and commanded the fever to leave her. It left her immediately. She got up and began to serve them. 40When the sun went down, the people brought all their sick friends to Jesus. They had many different kinds of sicknesses. He put his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41Demons were coming out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus wouldn’t let the demons say anything more; the demons knew that Jesus was the Messiah.gLuke 5:1-11 – Simon answered, “Teacher, we worked hard all night long trying to catch fish, but we caught nothing. But you say I should lower the nets into the water, so I will do it.” 6The fishermen dropped their nets into the water. They caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to rip! 7They called to some friends in the other boat to come and help them. The friends came and both boats were filled so full of fish that they were almost sinking. 8-9The fishermen were shocked because of the large number of fish that they caught. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!” 10James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed, too. (James and John were partners with Simon.) Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will catch people, instead of fish!” 11The men brought their boats to the shore. They left everything and followed Jesus.
  • John 1:42 –  Then Andrew led Peter to Jesus. When Jesus looked at Peter, Jesus said, “You are Simon, John’s son. You will be called Cephas.” (Translated into Greek, this name means ‘Peter.’h)
  • Matthew 4:23,25 – Jesus was going all around Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom. Jesus was also healing people of all types of diseases and sicknesses…25Large crowds followed him, coming from the land of Galilee, from the area of the Ten Towns,c from Jerusalem, from the land of Judea, and from the area across the Jordan River.

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