Mark 1:17 Commentary - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

In my mind this passage displays a basis for the call of God upon a man for ministry. This was not a call to salvation, indeed one might wonder if that had not already happened in these men's lives. This was a call to training, a call to follow Him and a call to learn of Him.

There had to have been some decision in their minds to drop what they were doing and to respond to this call.

The "come ye" was not just an invitation, but it was an imperative, a command, or an order to action. Again, it would seem that there had been interaction before this occasion, otherwise why would two intelligent brothers follow the command of a total stranger.

The term "followed" has the thought of not only coming along behind, but that of doing so as a disciple. These men understood that they were going to be trained as fishers of men. They seemed to understand what was coming in their lives and they accepted this call upon their life.

So men and women today understand that call to minister as a setting aside of present situations and going off to follow one that will train them. One of the men of Moody's day, indeed it may have been Moody himself said something along the lines that God doesn't call prepared men; he prepares the men He calls.

This is important to understand. You may be trained in a certain field, but when God calls you He may have other plans for your life. He might use you in your field of training but from observation of life, He seldom does.He wants you prepared as He wants you rather than as you are. If you are reading this and God has been prodding you to consider ministry rather than the occupation you are in or might be preparing for, don't worry about dropping your nets and following Him, He certainly knows better than you.

In my early Christian life I was a television repairman. When God started moving me toward ministry I of course checked into missionary aviation and radio. I was a good technician so God must want me fixing radios for Him. Nope, that door was slammed shut when I tried to open it.

I continued to pray and consider, and realized that He had other plans for me. It turns out He used that technician training to support us through school and many non-paying ministries. He knows MUCH better than you what He wants of you. When He calls, just drop your nets and follow. It is a simple formula.

We might add Joh 1:35-42 to our understanding of the call we have just covered. 35 "Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two which heard John [speak], and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone."

Andrew and Peter certainly did know of the Christ before they were called by him to be disciples. Andrew had been following John and knew of the coming Messiah.

Consult other comments:

Mark 1:17 - The Greek Testament

Mark 1:17 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Mark 1:17 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Mark 1:17 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:17 - Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson

Mark 1:17 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Mark 1:17 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Mark 1:17 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Mark 1:17 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Mark 1:17 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Mark 1:17 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Mark 1:17 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Mark 1:17 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Mark 1:17 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Mark 1:17 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Mark 1:17 - Combined Bible Commentary

Mr. D's Notes on Selected New Testament Books by Stanley Derickson