Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen,”declares the LORD, “and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks. Jeremiah 16:16
The beginning of this Chapter (Jeremiah 16) doesn’t start out pretty , as God is punishing Israel for its sins and idolatry. However just like in the beginning of time, God has a plan of restoration! God fortells he is going to send out many “fishermen” and many “hunters” to bring back the lost and unsaved
Now because we have further revelation (New Testament) we know how God fulfilled this prophecy through Jesus Christ. But imagine being Jeremiah and wondering what God was talking about when he said he is going to send out “Fisher of Men”
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
Fast forward to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ! He called upon literal Fisherman, (Peter and Andrew) to be his disciples and bring the lost back to God. Jesus told them “I will make you Fishers of Men”, which fulfilled the prophecy by Jeremiah
Notice Jesus says to them “Follow Me” first. Jesus didn’t force them into becoming “Fishers of Men” then believed and trusted in Jesus to complete the works that he promised them. So how do you Fish for People? Spread the good news (gospel) of Christ, be kind and do good works for your neighbors, even your enemies! Be the Light and Salt of the Earth
Follow Jesus and he will make you Fisher of Men! Help lead people to Christ and set them free from condemnation Amen!