This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered John 4:43-54. Here was the conclusion:
Jesus did His second miracle when He returned to Cana in Galilee after He began His Public Ministry. The miraculous healing occurred in Capernaum.
"18 With many other exhortations therefore preached he good tidings unto the people;
19 but Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother's wife, and for all the evil things which Herod had done,
20 added this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison."
(John the Baptist was imprisoned by Herod because he reproved Herod for marrying his brother's wife.)
"14 Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe in the gospel."
(Mark's Gospel Account stated that Jesus came into Galilee after John the Baptist was "delivered up". Luke's Gospel Account (above) explained what happened to John the Baptist.)
"16 And passing along by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishers.
17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
18 And straightway they left the nets, and followed him."
(Many people present this story from the context that Simon and Andrew didn't know Jesus or Jesus didn't previously know them. However, from the post titled, "John 1:41-51" we saw that Jesus had met Simon after his brother Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. We saw in the post titled, "John 1:35-40" that Andrew and John were disciples of John the Baptist and followed Jesus after He was tempted in the desert. This passage from Mark 1 showed Jesus was in their hometown: Galilee. The same passage was presented in Matthew's Gospel Account...)
"18 And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left the nets, and followed him."
(Whether Jesus specifically went to Galilee to call these specific disciples or not, we cannot tell. However, the fact was that at this point, Jesus called Simon and Andrew to be disciples. Remember, every male in Israel memorized the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament) until twelve years old. From twelve years old to fifteen years old, they memorized other books and began interviewing with Rabbi's in order to become students. If at around fifteen years old they didn't find a Rabbi that felt they were qualified, they began working in a secular vocation...most often their father's vocation.)
(Jesus was a Semikah Rabbi that called these "boys" to be students...and because this was their actual heart's desire and because they knew Jesus was a Semikah Rabbi who performed miracles, they immediately dropped their vocation and followed Jesus. Andrew was around fifteen years old. Simon was around eighteen years old. Again, this was not the case of two brothers dropping their father's vocation because a stranger told them to...)
John the Baptist was imprisoned for reproving Herod because he married his brother's wife. Around this time, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching. Jesus called Simon and Andrew to be students/disciples.