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REDEMPTIVE CONVICTION

October 15, 2016

Saturday

 

Luke 5:8

 

But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!

 

 

LESSON

 

THE disciples had been fishing all night. They had now given up fishing they had left their boats and were mending their nets. A stranger appears. They had seen Him, probably, once before, and they remembered enough of Him to command respect. Besides, the tone of voice in which He spoke to them and His manner at once ruled their hearts. He borrowed Simon Peter’s boat and preached a sermon to the listening crowds. After He had finished the discourse, as though He would not borrow their vessel without giving them their hire, He bade them launch out into the deep and let down their nets again. They did so and, instead of disappointment, they at once took so vast a haul of fish that the boats could not contain all and the net was not strong enough and began to break. Surprised at this strange miracle  overawed, probably by the majestic appearance of that matchless One, who had worked it, Simon Peter thought himself quite unworthy to be in such company—and fell on his knees and cried this strange prayer “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” So I desire that, first of all, we shall hear

 

Luke’s other emphasis was Peter’s response to this miracle. The catch so amazed Peter that he prostrated himself before Jesus, evidently in the boat. Peter now addressed Jesus as “Lord” instead of “Master.” “Lord” expressed more respect than “Master.” In view of later developments in Peter’s life, it is difficult to say that Peter viewed Jesus as God when he called Him “Lord” here. He may have done so and then relapsed into thinking of Him as only a mortal later. In either case, Peter expressed conviction of sin in Jesus’ presence, indicating that he realized Jesus was a holy Man, very different from himself. Depart from me, or, “Go away from me,” expresses Peter’s feeling of uncleanness in Jesus’ presence. Jesus’ superior ability caused Peter to sense

that he was a sinner, one who fell short.

 

Memory Verse: Acts 16:30

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