Were Peter and James and John real fishermen?
I mean, did they wear the latest fisherman’s hat? With the cool badges? Did they read The Galilee Angler? Did they keep pace with the latest technology in fishing nets – quick dry, tangle free, easy-to-repair, high tensile strength? And green?
Scripture seems to have missed out this aspect of their lives.
I suppose I’m wondering if they had credibility among their peers. Did they hang with the other fishermen, fit in with the pescatorial culture.
Now that one is discernible. Peter and his colleagues did seem to have the reputation, good and bad, of being Galilean fisherman, living up to the stereotype, and Jesus being both amused and respectful of that. So, if you ask me, I suspect they were ‘real’ fishermen.
Jesus said to Peter ‘I will make you a fisher of men.’ He also told him to ‘Feed my lambs’ and ‘Feed my sheep.’ I’m not sure what he made of that – but I suspect he didn’t rush out and buy a man-size butterfly net, or get a a year’s supply of sheep-food. He waited, and realised that that was indeed, in time, a good description of who he had become, and how he operated in God’s power.
Who and what are you? Really?