Matthew 4:18–22 (ESV)
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to
them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of
Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
One would think that if Jesus is looking to pick his disciples… he would begin with church leaders. Instead, he picks a group of fishermen. Jesus is building
the New Testament church from the ground up and is avoiding the Old Testament leaders. This ties in to Jesus teaching that you don’t pour new wine into old wineskins. The old system does not fit or work with the new system. Jesus seems
to be building a motley crew of disciples, but He knows what he is doing and is choosing wisely. He is choosing the men who will carry the church into the future.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not be caught up with the legalistic ways of the Old Testament, but to trust in Jesus as my Lord and Savior… the promised Messiah. Amen.