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Summary: A study of the Gospel of Mark chapter 1 verses 16 through 20

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Mark 1: 16 – 20

Are You Sold Out For Jesus

16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 19 When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20 And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.

Now before we begin to look at Mark’s Gospel, let me tell you that there are two other Gospels that speak about this same event. So, let’s take a look at these other Gospels written by Luke and also Matthew.

Luke 5, “1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.”

You might be thinking to yourself, ‘I already know about this story in the bible, so perhaps we can skip to some other portions of Scripture which have more meat for me to digest.’

Well, if you even considered this position, let me tell you ‘straight up’ that you will probably miss some of the greatest biblical insight that you ever derived.

Do I have your attention now?

I am sure that you will take with you some great and enjoyable findings from these wonderful Gospels of our Lord Jesus Christ as penned by the faithful disciples Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Let me start you out with a great point. The Gospel of Matthew was written before the Gospel of Luke. In chapter 4 the former IRS agent spoke about an incident which at first may seem similar to Luke’s description. In fact let me say that they are separate incidents. Let’s look at what Matthew wrote;


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