TEXT: 4 “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
BR: Luke 5 (4)
INTRO: Jesus was standing by a lake. The people wanted to hear Him share the Words of God. In fact, it said that they pressed upon Him (applied pressure)
“Please preach to us, Jesus” – “We want to hear the Words of God”.
“5 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
I) Launch Out!
2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land.
A) Let Jesus talk to you for a little while
3 “And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land.”
B) To hear His Words, you must THRUST away from the shore
THRUST: push (something or someone) suddenly or violently in the specified direction
You have to thrust away from the shoreline of WORK
PUSH AWAY the affairs of life on earth, and give Jesus a chance to talk to you personally.
Close out all the noise and confusion around you and listen carefully for His voice within.
C) WHAT did He say to the people?
The bible doesn’t tell us, but when He finished, He told them to get the nets back out and put them back in the water, because a BIG blessing was coming their way! So…
Maybe it was a sermon about FAITH? Persistence? Maybe He taught them about the POSSIBILITIES available to those who believe?
II) Let Down!!
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. (A BIIIIIGGGG HAUL!)
A) EVERYONE wants to haul in the BIG BLESSINGS in life
Provisions for the family; a good job; a happy family!
Draught: Capacity of being drawn; force necessary to draw.
Those blessings don’t just SWIM to you; you gotta haul ‘em in!
First, they had to LET DOWN!
Let down the nets of defeat; pride; bitterness; excuses; surrender.
B) Don’t give up!
They had already washed the nets; they had given up on catching fish, and after fishing all night, and it’s no surprise.
After long periods of effort to accomplish things, it’s easy to become hopeless, discouraged, depressed, and ready to surrender. It was so bad, that when even Jesus instructed him, Simon obeyed with reluctance.
“And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net“
Simon did it ANYWAY, even though he had given up.
Sometimes you just have to move forward because GOD said so.
III) Go DEEPER!
A) Then Jesus said – “Launch Out!”
Get away from this shallow water – that’s where success lies
B) Ezek. 47 – In the Kingdom of Christ and of God
Ezekiel was a prophet, and God sent him to the people of Israel; he was sent at a time when they were in national chaos, and He preached to them a two-fold message:
1) God’s judgments upon them for their sins.
2) Their future restoration.
God showed a river that will run out from under the Temple where Jesus will someday rule the world; this huge temple will be in Jerusalem, Israel.
3 “And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles.
…knees / loins, etc.
5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. “
*a 2% slope, because he went out about 2 miles before it was over his head.
This was to show how incredibly WIDE this river of living water will be.
*Waters will be healed, and the desert will become alive with abundance of fish and every living thing!
Ezekiel could not realize how massive this river will be, until he went out DEEPER!
Also, this showed Israel that, though they were in tribulation and national distress, someday they would enjoy blessings beyond their wildest imaginations.
For the unsaved man,…
Life is like a barren desert wasteland.
SIN is a pre-existing, natural condition -but God has a message of restoration for all!
As in the vision of Ezekiel, when Christ becomes the King of your life, life will spring up everywhere! All around you LIFE will spring up!
*Now that you have heard the Word of God and the message of Christ, GO DEEPER
…this barrenness symbolizes our adversities; lack of nourishment, spiritually, and because of it, a lack of growth.
Maybe you too, need to GO DEEPER!
THRUST away from it all, and pray.
C) The builder
Many have preached and taught about this builder in the Bible; the source is usually the Gospel of Matthew; the story is also found in Luke 6
One thing that often gets overlooked,
The version in Luke 6, shows more about the man;
he was not SHALLOW.
His determination made him unwilling to settle for sand;
He kept digging until he found something he KNEW was stable enough to provide SAFETY for his family. His intention was to SURVIVE the storm.
“46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
Matthew 7 says:
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Luke 6 says:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”Remember the woman that met Jesus at the well?
If we would survive the storms of life, we must DIG DEEPER and build life upon God’s WORD!
“10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? “
5 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Starting your Christian experience by listening to Jesus and “dipping your toe” to ‘test the waters’ is a GREAT START! But it’s time to give up SHALLOW living, and get DEEP with God.
I Cor 2 -Let’s go DEEP!
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.