SUMMARY.--Christ Teaching from Peter's Boat. The Miraculous Draught of Fishes. Called to Be Fishers of Men. Cleansing the Leper. Palsied Man Healed. Matthew Called. Eateth with Publicans. Persecution Foretold. New Wine in Old Bottles.
8. Fell down at Jesus' knees. Filled with awe and reverence at the miracle that had drawn the shoal to their net.
10. Said unto Simon. Not to him alone ( Matt. 1:19 ). Simon, Andrew, James and John were all told to become "fishers of men."
11. They forsook all. The four just named. Before this all were disciples; henceforth they follow Jesus personally. These all together cast the gospel net on Pentecost and had a mighty draught.
17-26. There were Pharisees and doctors. See notes on Matt. 9:2-8 and Mark 2:1-12.
27-39. Saw a publican named Levi. See notes on Matt. 9:9-17 and Mark 2:14-22. Levi. Matthew Levi. He was the fifth called to attend the footsteps of Jesus. Like the others, at the call, he rose and followed at once. Made a great feast. To let Jesus meet with his fellow-publicans. Why do the disciples of John fast? Intended as a rebuke for their attendance at a great feast. Jesus shows that fasting ought not to be a form, but to have a meaning.