Daily Bible Reading

January 9th, 2011

Matthew 4:12-25 (GNT)

Confess Jesus as Lord


Matthew 4:12-25: In today’s reading, Matthew tells us the start of Jesus’ ministry in Capernaum. He calls his first disciples: Simon (Peter), Andrew, James, and John who were fishermen. Jesus travels throughout all of Galilee preaching the Good News about the Kingdom and healing people of all different diseases and sickness.

Today's Scripture: Matthew 4:19

Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.”

Today's Reading

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee. 13 He did not stay in Nazareth, but went to live in Capernaum, a town by Lake Galilee, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This was done to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said, 15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, on the road to the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee, land of the Gentiles! 16 The people who live in darkness will see a great light. On those who live in the dark land of death the light will shine.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach his message: “Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!” 18 As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers who were fishermen, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew, catching fish in the lake with a net. 19 Jesus said to them, “Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.” 20 At once they left their nets and went with him. 21 He went on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat with their father Zebedee, getting their nets ready. Jesus called them, 22 and at once they left the boat and their father, and went with him. 23 Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness. 24 The news about him spread through the whole country of Syria, so that people brought to him all those who were sick, suffering from all kinds of diseases and disorders: people with demons, and epileptics, and paralytics—and Jesus healed them all. 25 Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Towns, from Jerusalem, Judea, and the land on the other side of the Jordan.


In Jesus’ time, Jewish people mostly fished on lake Galilee because unfriendly neighbors controlled many of the harbors along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Fishing was prominent and an important source of income in Galilee. What do you think Peter, Andrew, James and John thought when Jesus told them that he would teach them to catch people (verse 19)?


Lord Jesus, make me obedient to your call in my life. Help me know when you are leading me, so that like your first disciples, I will have the courage to drop what I am doing and follow you. Amen.

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