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Tuesday, April 2nd, '19

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NET CARE

"...and were washing their nets" (Luke 5:2)

"...who also were in the ship mending their nets" (Mark 1:19)

 

Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James and John, "forsook their nets, and followed" Jesus (Mark 1:18). I would apply that to forfeiture of net worth, net profit, net stockings and some of the net-works we are associated with if it wouldn't violate the text, but of course it is talking of fishing nets instead. They forsook their fishing nets but didn't forsake fishing. Jesus just changed the target catch, "Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men" (Mark 1:17). Note the word "become". We are not there yet but are becoming.

 

The dockside work, however, being performed by these disciple/fishermen at the time of their calling would be something they would have to continue long after they changed careers from fishers to preachers. First, notice they were "washing their nets". A stinky, slimy, seaweed and mud covered net repels fish rather than draws them. The witness of believers should be compelling, not repelling. So as they washed their nets we must wash our lives. The Greek is apopluno, apo meaning "from" and pluno, "to wash", but more so, as Thayer's Lexicon teaches, to "by faith appropriate the results of Christ's expiation as to be regarded as pure and sinless". The fishing crew did this washing daily. We too must be renewed in the spirit of our minds every day. "Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you" (John 15:3). "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word" (Psalm 119:9).

 

Our second text says they were "mending their nets". A ripped net can't trap the catch. The fish will escape through the rent cords. How many would-be keepers got away from the church because of disunity, because of some rend or schism in the Body? A net is made from dozens of entwined individual ropes that interlace to make one single whole. The whole can't have a hole. We have to mend what is lacking.

 

The Greek word for "mending" is katartizo. It means to mend, complete, fit, perfect, strengthen, to make one what he ought to be. It is used of the church as being "perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment" (1 Corinthians 1:10). Healing is needed. Shredded cords need bound and strengthened. Broken hearts need mending, as do homes ripped by strife, infidelity, even divorce. Katartizo is used again when it says, "if a man be overtaken by a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness..." (Galatians 6:1) Mending means restoring. A gifted surgeon can close up the wound leaving no trace of a scar. The seamstress's patch can make the torn pants usable again, restoration. In Hebrews the word is translated "prepared" (10:5) and "framed" (11:3). Ultimately it means to "make perfect". "But the God of all grace...after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you" (1 Peter 5:10). Sometimes God Himself has to officiate the rending so He can make possible the mending. Sometimes a fracture has to be re-broken or it can never be reset properly. But He doesn't leave the nets shredded. He mends the broken heart and does it so that the damaged cord can link with others again to make a powerful net. The cords are being tightened and secured for a reason. He intends to use you as "fishers of men".


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