Men are like fish ?

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  1. quickened1

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    “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers.
    And he said unto them, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt. 4:18&19)

    Jesus likens men to fish. In what ways are men like fish?

    I do lawn care for a living and I also teach youth (teen) Sunday School. My pastor allows me to teach from the bible rather than using a S.S. book. I had been teaching on various subjects, when one of my students got married. In my area kids get married young, but I wasn’t expecting any of my students to get married in the near future. This girl had just finished the 11th grade. I had been out of town for 2 weeks and when I returned I was told she had gotten married. This shocked me and it also gave me a sense of urgency, as I felt the need to start preparing the kids to be spouses and parents. I started teaching on marriage, divorce, headship, and the home. I eventually finished up on those subjects and wasn’t sure what I would teach next. One day while working this thought kept coming to me “Men are like fish”. I was sure I was receiving this message from the Holy Spirit. I put just a little thought into it and brushed it off though. The message just kept coming in and eventually I started to see just a little. Then I found that this “men are like fish” thing was on my mind day and night. I seemed to get on a trail and I could see it was leading somewhere. It was on my mind so much that I began making mistakes at work. For example, in some cases where I attended to grab my weed whacker, I would grab my stick edger instead but wouldn’t realize it until I arrived at the work area and was about to start it. It started to get bad as things liked that happened daily. Eventually though it turned out to be a big blessing as I learned a lot from it. The Lord showed me how to teach the kids on the “words of salvation” through it. It also took me places in the bible and stopped in the garden of Eden. I will share what I learned in a later post but I also would like to expand on what I have learned. I would like to hear from others on how “men are like fish”.

    To help get you started I will share my first two thoughts on the matter.

    “There are other fish in the sea” and “I threw her back”.
     
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    A joke I heard a long time ago:

    Baptists are just like fish: They start going bad as soon as they get out of the water!!
     
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    That is funny and Im suprised I have never heard it before. I will pass it on to my Catholic relatives. Im sure they will love it.

    Any here is a little more;

    Everybody knows a guy named 'Red"

    The guy that hustles people at the pool hall is called a "pool shark"

    A group of guys that play football in Miami are known as "Dolphins"

    A group of guys that play baseball in Florida are known as "Marlins"

    At the rapture the Christian will be "caught up"

    Men eat fish and every now and then fish eat men.

    Big fish prey on little fish and big kids prey on little kids.
     
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    Well, when we are told to be "fishers of men", while that was used in a commercial sense, we can also apply that principal to a fishing rod and bait. We pick the bait (missions, ministries) we think will attract the fish. We wrap the bait around the hook (Gospel). We throw it out there and wait. Some will nibble and leave. Some will nibble and grab it, hook and all!

    I've seen some believers who like the "hunters of men" approach with their 12 gauge shotgun. They will corner you and blast away while you shield yourself :D
     
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    That is good. Im wondering if "eternal life" fits in there somewhere. Perhaps in place of missions/ministry?

    Oh I knew a guy that liked the hunter approach. It was almost like "Recieve Christ or get shot. Take your pick".
     
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    I think of the bait as the approach Paul used on those at Mars Hill. He got their attention by appealing to their "unknown god", and used that platform to share the Gospel.

    I think eternal life would be more associated with swallowing the hook....no chance of getting out of that :laugh:
     
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    They both stink? :laugh:

    Did I say that? :love2:
     
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    HA! :laugh:

    I'm gonna use that one if you don't mind. By-the-by, I'm going to the bookstore to get that book tomorrow.
     
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    men are like fish......like the one that swallowed Jonah.
    When Jonah said salvation is of the Lord.....the fish spewed him out.:rolleyes:
     
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    In what way are men (women, too) like fish?

    -their natural state is not to jump into the arms of the one fishing for them. They aren't at all interested in being caught.

    From the "fishers of men" aspect (more about the "fisher" than the fish itself...still related, though):
    -They don't leave the water to be caught. Catching them means leaving the comfort of home and going to the water.
    -Catching them involves patience. Sometimes you cast that net (1st century AD) or reel in that spinner bait (21st-century equivalent) many times, with seemingly no result. And then...whammo.

    And then, specific to student ministry...how are teens like fish?
    -They spend a lot of their time in schools
    -A distinct odor (especially Jr. High boys)
    -quite often they do things that defy all manner of logic.

    (in case there is confusion, my last 3 were pretty much tongue-in-cheek. Pretty much.) :D :D
     
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    Good job. :flower: The first part and the second part as well.
     
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    Tongue in cheek? I thought it was literal (having a raised a teenage boy). :laugh:
     
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    Women are like fish .... they want to keep their scales but never want them stepped on.
     
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    Ha! Ain't that the truth! :laugh:
     
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    And don't forget "The one that got away".
     

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