Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Here's a little Bible trivia to brighten your day.

Did you know that each Hebrew letter has a numerical value? With that in mind, consider this:

Following Jesus' resurrection, the despondent disciples were out in a boat on the Sea of Tiberius attempting to catch some fish. However, their efforts proved unfruitful. The next morning, Jesus stood on the shore of the sea watching His disciples cast their nets and haul them in empty and void of fish. He "called out to them to" cast their net on the right side of the boat, where they proceeded to pull in "153" fish (John 21:1-14).

Have you ever wondered about the importance of citing the number of fish that were caught? Scripture could have simply maintained that there were so many, the disciples "were unable to haul the net in because of the large number" of them (v6). But in verse 11, it states "It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn."

By applying the numerical value to the Hebrew letters contained in the number of fish, the result is surprising.  It translates:


Of course, the account is a lesson, not only to Peter and the other disciples, but also to us; to be "fishers of men", to fill our nets "full of large fish", and to take comfort that in our service to Jesus, the "net" He holds in His hand will not let loose of them. But I found great encouragement and pleasure in learning this little bit of trivia.

When you think your "net" will forever remain empty, allow Him to direct where you cast it. Jesus knows the "fish" He wishes to "catch", and He will fill His "net" with them in large numbers, not letting a single one threaten to fall through the tears and back into the sea below.  Then, when at last we are on the shore with Him where He has prepared an abundant feast for us, we will share in His eternal joy and everlasting peace.

So, with that, go out and cast your net for Jesus. If you listen to His instruction and place your net on the right side of the boat, He will be faithful in filling it with more fish than you can haul in.

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