Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim Chapter 74

Miracle #3. First miraculous catch of fish.

  1. The Third Miracle of Messiah
  2. Opening-up questions and clues
  3. In messianic exegetical (Jewish) thought there are four levels of insight
  4. There was a great crowd of Yehudim
  5. Obedience is Israel’s love language to Adonai Avinu
  6. The name Shim’on (Simon) speaks of what Israel is to do
  7. Israel must be remade out of incorruptible material
  8. The name Cephas, Cefa (Peter) reveals what Israel is to be
  9. Adam receives his Hearing after he is conceived in the Womb of Eternity
  10. The Firstborn is called by the name of the “Hearing One”
  11. Ya’akov and Yochanan, sons of Zavdai
  12. The mystery of the identity of the Father of Shim’on
  13. Two types of Fishing Nets
  14. The Fish and the Net
  15. Shim’on’s Confession
  16. What do the two boats symbolize?
  17. Putting the nets down into the deep part of the Sea
  18. They left everything and followed Him:

The Third Miracle of Messiah:

Lukas 5:1-11

{Classical & Mishnaic Hebrew}

וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר דָּחַק הֲמוֹן הָעָם לִשְׁמֹעַ אֶת־דְּבַר הָאֱלֹהִים וְהוּא עֹמֵד עַל־יַד יָם־גִּנֵּיסָר׃ וַיַּרְא שְׁתֵּי אֳנִיּוֹת עֹמְדוֹת עַל־יַד הַיָּם וְהַדַּיָּגִים יָצְאוּ מֵהֶן וְהֵם מְכַבְּסִים אֵת הַמִּכְמֹרוֹת׃ וַיֵּרֶד אֶל־אַחַת מִן־הָאֳנִיּוֹת אֲשֶׁר הִיא לְשִׁמְעוֹן וַיְבַקֵּשׁ מִמֶּנוּ לְהַעֲבִירוֹ מְעַט מִן־הַיַּבָּשָׁה אֶל־הַיָּם וַיֵּשֶׁב וַיְלַמֵּד אֶת־הָעָם מִתּוֹךְ הָאֳנִיָּה׃ וַיְהִי כְּכַלּתוֹ לְדַבֵּר וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־שִׁמְעוֹן הַעֲבֵר אֶל־עֹמֶק הַיָּם וְהוֹרִידוּ אֶת־מִכְמְרוֹתֵיכֶם לָצוּד׃וַיַּעַן שִׁמְעוֹן וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו מוֹרֶה כָּל־הַלַּיְלָה יָגַעְנוּ וְלֹא אָחַזְנוּ מְאוּמָה אַךְ עַל־פִּיךָ אוֹרִיד אֶת־הַמִּכְמֹרֶת׃

{Modern Hebrew}

כאשר עמד ליד ים כנרת וההמון נדחק אליו כדי לשמע את דבר אלהים, ראה שתי סירות על שפת האגם; הדיגים שיצאו מהן היו עסוקים ברחיצת הרשתות. הוא נכנס אל אחת הסירות, אל זו של שמעון, ובקש ממנו לשוט מעט מן החוף. אחרי כן ישב ולמד את העם מתוך הסירה. כשגמר לדבר אמר אל שמעון: “שוט אל העמק והטילו את רשתותיכם לדוג.” השיב שמעון: “אדוני, כל הלילה יגענו ולא לכדנו כלום, אך על-פי דברך אטיל את הרשתות.” פ

As the crowd of people pressed to hear the word of Adonai (Elohim), He (the Mashiach) was standing by the Sea of Ginneisar. He saw two boats lying by the sea; the fisherman had gotten out of them and were cleaning their nets. He went down into one of the boats that belonged to Shim’on and asked him to bring it out a little way from the land into the sea. He sat and taught the people from the middle of the boat. When He finished speaking, He said to Shim’on, “Take it out to the deep area of the sea and let your nets down to catch.” Shim’on answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all night we have grown weary but have not caught anything. But as you say (lit. according to your mouth), I will let down my net.”

וַיַּעֲשׂוּ־כֵן וַיִּלְכְּדוּ דָגִים הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד וַתִּקָּרַע מִכְמַרְתָּם׃ וַיָּנִיפוּ יָד אֶל־חַבְרֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר בָאֳנִיָּה הַשְּׁנִיָה לָבוֹא אֲלֵיהֶם וּלְעָזְרָם וַיָּבֹאוּ וַיְמַלְאוּ אֶת־שְׁתֵּי הָאֳנִיּוֹת עַד־לִשְׁקֹעַ׃ וַיְהִי כִּרְאוֹת שִׁמְעוֹן פֶּטְרוֹס אֶת־זֹאת וַיִּפֹּל לְבִרְכֵּי יֵשׁוּעַ וַיֹּאמַר אֲדֹנִי צֵא־נָא מֵעָלַי כִּי־אִישׁ חוֹטֵא אָנֹכִי׃ כִּי שַׁמָּה הֶחֱזִיקָה אוֹתוֹ וְאֶת־כֹּל אֲשֶׁר עִמּוֹ עַל־צֵיד הַדָּגִים אֲשֶׁר צָדוּ׃ וְכֵן גַּם אֶת־יַעֲקֹב וְאֶת־יוֹחָנָן בְּנֵי זַבְדַּי אֲשֶׁר הִתְחַבְּרוּ עִם־שִׁמְעוֹן וַיֹּאמֶר יֵשׁוּעַ אֶל־שִׁמְעוֹן אַל־תִּירָא מֵעַתָּה צוֹד תָּצוּד אֲנָשִׁים׃ וַיּוֹלִיכוּ אֶת־הָאֳנִיּוֹת אֶל־הַיַּבָּשָׁה וַיַּעַזְבוּ אֶת־הַכֹּל וַיֵּלְכוּ אַחֲרָיו׃

הם עשו כן ולכדו דגים רבים מאד, עד שכמעט נקרעו הרשתות. אותתו אל חבריהם אשר בסירה השניה לבוא לעזר להם, והללו באו. אז מלאו את שתי הסירות עד שהחלו שוקעות. כראותו זאת כרע שמעון כיפא לרגלי ישוע ואמר: “אדוני, לך נא ממני, כי איש חוטא אני”; שכן תדהמה אחזה אותו ואת כל אשר היו אתו על ציד הדגים אשר צדו; וכן גם את יעקב ואת יוחנן בני זבדי אשר היו שתפים לשמעון. “אל תירא”, אמר ישוע אל שמעון, “מעתה תדוג בני אדם.” לאחר שהביאו את הסירות אל היבשה עזבו את הכל והלכו אחריו. פ

He (Shim’on) did so and caught so many fish that their net was torn. They waved their hands to their friends who were in the second boat to come to them and help them, and they came and filled the two boats to the point of sinking. When Shim’on Cefa (Petros) saw this, he fell at Yeshua’s knees and said, “My master, please leave me—for I am a sinner!” Because of the catch of fish that they had caught, astonishment had gripped him and all who were with him as well as Ya’akov and Yochanan, sons of Zavdai, who had been associates of Shim’on. Yeshua said to Shim’on, “Do not fear. From now on you will surely catch men.” They led the boat to the land, and they left everything and followed Him.

Opening-up questions and clues:

The following opening-up questions and clues are provided as an introduction to this study on the 3rd Miracle of Messiah:

 1.  Look at the symbolism of the above miracle narrative: At what location does the miracle occur?  What time of day is it? How many boats were there? What do the two boats symbolize? What do the nets symbolize?  Clue: The Messiah said to the fisherman Shim’on, “From now on you will surely catch men.”

2.   What are the multiple meanings of the four personal names that were identified in the narrative? What is the meaning of the name Cephas Cefa (Petros, Peter) that the Messiah assigned to Shim’on? What does the symbol of fish mean? What meanings are often applied to the symbols of land and sea in the scriptures? What was it that Shim’on meant when he said, “My master, please leave me—for I am a sinner!”

3.   What is the importance of Messiah’s response, “Do not fear. From now on you will surely catch men.” How did these Yehudim who were fishermen respond when the Mashiach said ‘for now on you will be fishermen of men’?

In messianic exegetical (Jewish) thought there are four levels of insight:

The messianic mysteries (סודות-sodit, literally secrets; hidden things) reveled in this web-site are those Scriptural truths that are hidden in the depths of the Tanakh and the HaBrit HaChadashah. Some of these truths (treasures) are referred to as being related to the land. These mysteries are directly related to Israel. Other of these truths are depicted as (treasure) existing upon and beneath the sea. These mysteries are directly related to the Gentiles.

In messianic exegetical (Jewish) thought there are four levels of revelation that exist in the Divinely inspired Hebrew texts (the Tanakh and the Brit HaChadashah). These are:

Level #1. Peshat (פְּשָׁט) — “surface” (“straight”) or the literal (direct) meaning.

Level #2. Remez (רֶמֶז) — “hints” or the deep (allegoric: hidden or symbolic) meaning beyond just the literal sense.

Level #3. Derash (דְּרַשׁ) — from Hebrew darash: “inquire” (“seek”) — the comparative (midrashic) meaning, as given through similar occurrences.

Level #4. Sod (סוֹד) — “secret” (“mystery”) or the esoteric/mystical meaning, as given only through Divinely inspired revelation.

As already stated in our study of the forty-nine meshalim (parables, proverbs) of the Messiah – the deepest and most profound level of understanding in the Hebrew Scriptures is called the ‘sod’ (the fourth level).

In some cases the sod, literally hidden mystery of the Hebrew text, is so wondrous that its contents may not be revealed by the Holy One for a number of generations or even ages to come. Therefore, a mystery (secret) might not be revealed until hundreds, even thousands of years after the text was first spoken or communicated in writing to the people of Israel.

There was a great crowd of Yehudim:

At what location does the miracle occur? 

There was a large multitude of people pressed in to see more of the the wonderful signs and miracles that the Messiah was performing. This pressing in of the crowd was making it very difficult for the Messiah to teach. The Messiah was teaching by the Sea of Ginneisar; also called Yam Kinneret, Sea of Galilee, Gennesaret, and the Sea of Tiberias (Arabic: طبريا‎).

The large crowd of Yehudim (Jews) were following the Messiah wherever He went because they had heard about or saw for themselves the first two signs (attesting miracles), where at the wedding in Kana the Rabbi of all rabbis had turned the water into wine (Sign #1, Miracle #1); and where once again from Kana the Messiah had healed a nobleman’s deathly ill son. Yet the son of the nobleman was not healed in Kana where the Messiah had declared his healing to his father; but rather the Messiah only spoke the word in Kana, then instantly the son was healed in Kefar Nachum some 20-25 miles away (Sign #2, Miracle #2).

The multitude of Yehudim were following the Messiah because of the attesting miracles he had done. Not because they wanted to hear, understand, and obey the teaching of Adonai Eloheinu; whose own words were being spoken through His Servant (His Voice)—the Messiah. It is a true saying that we “Yehudim require a sign.” Our first century ancestors did not follow Rabbeinu Yeshua because they believed in His goodness, righteousness, and truthfulness. They followed the Messiah because of His miracles. At the first Rabbeinu Yeshua had to perform miraculous signs and wonders to get the attention of our people (Israel).

Therefore it was the heavenly Father’s plan that after our people (Israel) witnessed His signs, wonders, and miracles manifested through M’shicho (His Messiah) that Israel would come to hear, understand and obey His teaching as well. So, in holy love our heavenly Father manifested these signs and wonders through ‘His’ Messiah to prove to us that Yeshua was the true Messiah.

Why did Adonai Avinu send M’shicho to us (Israel)?

Avinu Shebashamayim sent His Messiah (ישוע) to us so that we might believe on His Name. Did you know that the sacred name of YHWH is embedded in the personal name of the Messiah Yeshua? Adonai (ה’), the One who has made Himself manifest in M’shicho (His Messiah) is our Salvation (ישועה).

When we (Israel) believe on His Name (ה’) then we (Israel) are cleansed of our sins and we are blessed to receive His gift of eternal life—-the permanent Indwelling Presence of His Spirit; by whom we are made perfect on the day of our resurrection. Therefore, it is written of the Messiah of Adonai:

ברוך הבא בשם ה’ ברכנוכם מבית ה’׃

“Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Adonai! We have blessed you from the House of Adonai!”

The Sea of Kinneret is shaped in the form of a Harp:

This miracle occurs at the Sea of Gennesaret (יָם כִּנְרֶת-Yam Kinneret). The Greek word Gennesaret is a form of the biblical Hebrew word, “Kinnerot” (כִּנְּרוֹת-root כִּנּוֹר). This Hebrew word kinnerot was derived in biblical times from an earlier Canaanite word whose original meaning has been permanently lost to us. Nevertheless, the biblical Hebrew (sacred) meaning that came to substitute for the original (pagan) meaning  is quite easy to discern. The root for kinnerot is kinnor (כִּנּוֹר). In ancient Hebrew this word speaks of a stringed instrument—-a “harp.”

In modern Hebrew today the word kinnor (כִּנּוֹר) means “violin.”

We believe, therefore, that since the winds and the Sea of Kinneret, Kinnerot, give forth the appearance and sounds of a great stringed instrument it makes sense to us that our Jewish ancestors came to perceive the Sea of Kinneret as being like a ‘harp.’ This being due to both the sea’s unique shape and the wide variety of musical sounds that it produces from the interaction of its winds and waves. Therefore, we believe among our ancient Jewish ancestors, especially our fisherman:

The Sea of Kinneret came to be seen as a great stringed instrument whose music – wind and waves – could only be skillfully played by G-d.

Like the psalmist David we believe that the skillful, artistic, creative powers of G-d are clearly seen in nature. So no doubt it seemed right to the ancient Jewish fisherman to correlate the waves and winds of the Sea of Kinnerot as being subject only to G-d as the strings of a harp are subject only to the mastery of a skillful musician. Therefore, we are reminded of David’s inspirational words:

“Play skillfully on the Ten stringed (עָשֹׂור) instrument by means of the harp (כִּנּוֹר)”

Therefore, we ask how is the miraculous teaching of the Mashiach similar in its masterly artistic form to playing on a Ten stringed instrument? Or better put—What does this specific miracle say to us about the unlimited power of Adonai that is skillfully on display here in the teaching of ‘His’ Messiah? Clue: “You shall become fishermen of men:”

מזמור שיר ליום השבת׃ טוב להדות ל ה’ ולזמר לשמך עליון׃ להגיד בבקר חסדך ואמונתך בלילות׃ ע‍לי־עשור ועלי־נבל עלי הגיון בכנור׃ כי שמחתני ה’ בפעלך במעשי ידיך ארנן׃

מִזְמֹור שִׁיר לְיֹום הַשַּׁבָּֽת׃ טֹוב לְהֹדֹות ל ה’ וּלְזַמֵּר לְשִׁמְךָ עֶלְיֹֽון׃ לְהַגִּיד בַּבֹּקֶר חַסְֽדֶּךָ וֶאֱמֽוּנָתְךָ בַּלֵּילֹֽות׃ עֲֽלֵי־עָשֹׂור וַעֲלֵי־נָבֶל עֲלֵי הִגָּיֹון בְּכִנֹּֽור׃ כִּי שִׂמַּחְתַּנִי ה’ בְּפָעֳלֶךָ בְּֽמַעֲשֵׂי יָדֶיךָ אֲרַנֵּֽן׃

A Psalm, a Song for the day of Shabbat (the 7th Day).
It is good to give thanks to Adonai
And to sing praises to Your name, O Elyon (Most High);
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
And Your faithfulness by night,
Upon a Ten-stringed Harp and with the resounding music of a lyre.
For You, O Adonai, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.

How does the phrase, “I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands” apply to this miracle, the “First miraculous catch of fish?” What is the spiritual catch in view here?

Until the day star (the Sun) arises in our hearts:

What time of the day was it?

Our Jewish fishermen had been fishing all night and they had not caught anything. So Shim’on (Cephas, Cefa, Peter) reports, “Teacher, all night we have grown weary but have not caught anything.” Therefore, the time of the day is early in the morning—-at dawn. Just imagine it, the sound of the waves, the early morning sea breeze, the chill of the fresh air. This is the time when the first golden rays of the morning sun pierce through the darkness. It is the time when night is transformed into day.

One of the many descriptive titles of the Messiah is that He is the “morning star,” the “day-spring from on high,” and the “sun of righteousness” who has risen upon us. He is the Savior of all Israel and of all humankind. He is the anointed one sent to implant the chesed (loving-kindness) of Holy One into the hearts of every believing Jew and Gentile alike. So there He is, the Light of the World, walking up to a group of very exhausted and frustrated Jewish fishermen, who had labored throughout the night upon the seas and caught nothing, and now were mending their nets on the shores of the Sea of Kinneret.

There were two boats:

In Hebrew two is the number of “witness” or “testimony.”

In the first century (CE) there were many boats on the Lake of Kinneret engaged in the fishing industry. Beit-Tzaida (בית צידה‎ ) located at the north of the lake, and Magdala (מִגְדָלָא) located at the west side of the lake, were two of the great centers of the fishing trade at this time. The first century boats were probably of a size and build similar to the few that are employed on the lake today that are between 20 and 30 ft. in length and 7 ft. in breadth.

When there was little to no wind the boats were propelled by oars (1, 2); and when the wind was favorable the sails of the boats were hoisted up so that the boats might be driven by the wind.

Messiah taught from “the boat” of Shim’on:

On this and later occasions the Messiah is found standing on the seashore when great crowds of Yehudim from all parts of the nation of Israel are seen pressed in on Him. In the first century (CE) the shores of the Sea of Kinneret were densely populated. It was providential that one of these “two boats” could be used as an effective platform that the Messiah could teach from (1, 2). Due to the availability of “the boat” the Messiah was able to go into it and from there He could sit down and teach the multitude. In this way Rabbeinu Yeshua, the Messiah, was able to conveniently communicate to the multitude that (once again) was located in the natural sandy amphitheatre of the sloping shore before Him.

The boat the Messiah selected to sit in was the boat of Shim’on (Cefa, Peter).

The boat that the Messiah had designated as “the boat” He would teach from and use to transport Himself and His talmadin back and forth across the Sea of Kinneret was the boat of the fisherman—-Shim’on.

Obedience is Israel’s love language to Adonai Avinu:

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ ה’ אֶחָֽד׃

Shema Israel Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad!

The root meaning of Shim’on’s name is “shama” (שָׁמַע). This supremely important word in Hebrew means to hear, understand and obey. In the Torah children are told to obey (שָׁמַע) their parents. Obedience is the love language of Israel (mankind) to Adonai. In the Torah all Israel is instructed to live a life of full-obedience to Adonai. The word Shema (hear-שְׁמַע) at the beginning of our unity prayer (Deuteronomy 6:4) means more than just the English word to listen. In the Shema prayer all of us who are blessed to be a part of the elect nation of Israel (lit. Rule of Elohim-יִשְׂרָאֵל) are committing ourselves to “hear,” “understand” and “obey” absolutely everything Adonai (ה’) our G-d says to us.

The name Shim’on (Simon) speaks of what Israel is to do:

Like the Messiah we are called to hear, understand and obey Adonai Eloheinu in everything He says to us.

This means each of us when reciting our unity prayer of the Shema has committed (dedicated) our entire body, soul, mind, and spirit to act as an ear that hears, a mind that sees, a soul that understands, and a spirit that fully obeys Adonai. Therefore, each of us is agreeing to always and forever do exactly what the Holy One says. In this sense the hearer becomes a physical extension of Adonai Eloheinu (the LORD our G-d). The hearer becomes the Father’s permanent dwelling place (הַמָּקֹום).

Individually and collectively we are the Temple (Tent) of our heavenly Father.

However, for all except the only begotten Beloved Son (Ben Yachid Ben *Yadid), keeping the promise of the Shema to Adonai Eloheinu is impossible!

*Alas, Biblical Hebrew is not Modern Hebrew. The words yadid (יָדִיד) and yedida today simply mean an ordinary “friend.” Not so in the Torah (Deuteronomy 33:12):

לְבִנְיָמִן אָמַר יְדִיד ה’ יִשְׁכֹּן לָבֶטַח עָלָיו חֹפֵף עָלָיו כָּל־הַיֹּום וּבֵין כְּתֵיפָיו שָׁכֵֽן׃

Of Benyamin he said, “May the Beloved (יְדִיד -Yedid, Friend) of Adonai dwell in security by Him, Who shields him all the day, and he dwells between His shoulders.

The Hebrew names Shim’on (שִׁמְעוֹן-Heard, Hearing) and Cefa (כֵּיפָא-Rock, Stone) reveal different truths. Whereas the name Shim’on bears witness to what Adonai wants us (redeemed Israel) to do, the name Cephas (Aramaic), Cefa (Hebrew), Petros (Greek) reveals what Avinu Shebashamayim expects us (Israel) to become (be).

Israel must be remade out of incorruptible material:

Israel is destined to become like the Messiah (Tselem Ha-Elohim). We are to be transformed back into the image of G-d. The virtue of Israel (the Rule of G-d) must one day harmonize perfectly with the virtue of Adonai Elohim. Our heavenly Father’s goodness, righteousness and truth are unchanging. He is incorruptible. So must Israel be. Therefore, we must affirm:

Affirmation #1.  It is the will of G-d that redeemed humankind, Israel and the Commonwealth of Israel, exist in a fortified state of perpetual compliance with His will. Therefore, the people and nations of Israel are called to live a life of unending conformity to the virtue of the Holy One.

Affirmation #2.  Although steel is a good metaphor for strength it carries with it the unfortunate possibility of rusting (corruption). Therefore, in antiquity the most ancient, durable and change resistant (incorruptible) substance known to Adam was stone (‘eben-אֶבֶן). Stone is the ultimate building material. Stone construction assures a builder that his building will be fortified to the highest possible degree.

Affirmation #3.  Abba our Father wills that His permanent dwelling place (Israel) must compliment His own perpetual, unchanging strength, durability, and reliability. Redeemed Israel (and the Commonwealth of Israel), therefore, are called to become the heavenly Father’s permanent immortal, incorruptible, unassailable House of Stone.

The name Cephas, Cefa (Peter) reveals what Israel is to be:

Before proceeding any further it should be obvious to anyone reading this account that in His sovereignty the Holy One has ordered every “name,” “place name,” “time” and “event” to graphically bear witness to M’shiach.

The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation (רוח חכמה והתגלות) is the One who helps us see that the Messiah is the Rabbi Ben Adonai. He is the Voice of our Divine Teacher (Adonai). And He (וְעַתָּ֥ה יְהוָ֖ה אָבִ֣ינוּ אָ֑תָּה)  is our Father and the Messiah’s Father.

The Messiah is the humble, perfectly obedient one. He is flawlessly selfless so that He may reflect only the beautiful Presence of G-d our Father who forever Indwells him. Messiah is the Tent of G-d (בֵּֽית־אֵ֑ל) and G-d is the G-d of the Tent (הָאֵל֙ בֵּֽית־אֵ֔ל). Adonai is the One who forever Indwells His Messiah. This means:

 Avinu Shebashamayim permanently Indwells the Messiah.

Messiah is the place where all of Adonai Avinu is pleased to dwell and to be cloaked in human form. The Voice of Adonai is Adonai. Therefore, no man is our Teacher. One is our Teacher and He speaks through His holy servant the Messiah. G-d is our Teacher (אֲנַ֤חְנוּ הַחֹ֙מֶר֙ וְאַתָּ֣ה יֹצְרֵ֔נוּ וּמַעֲשֵׂ֥ה יָדְךָ֖ כֻּלָּֽנוּ׃).

The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation Himself is the Author of this living literary-Masterpiece.

Do you recall the name of the one who first introduced Shi’mon to the Messiah? It was his brother Andrew. The Greek name Andrew means the same thing as the Hebrew name Adam—-Man. Therefore, it is written that “he [Andrew, Adam, Man] found first his own brother Shim’on.” This small phrase reveals to us what is the will of Adonai. It tells us what is of ‘first’ importance to our heavenly Father.

Adam receives his Hearing after he is conceived in the Womb of Eternity:

In the beginning, before sin had ever occurred in the race of Adam, the first Adam was created with an innate ability to listen to, understand and obey his heavenly Father. The Living Torah of the Father of All (Avi-khol) requires perfect obedience to His Word from all of His intelligent creatures (men and angels). Therefore, this is how we must return to G-d:

At the very first we (Adam, Israel) must find our Hearing; then we must take our Hearing to the Messiah of God.

When Adam was first conceived in the womb of G-d’s Mind, it was determined that Adonai alone would be the Teacher (Rabbi) of Adam (and of all Israel). G-d at the first made Adam to have perfect hearing. The brother (‘ach-אָח) called Hearing (Shim’on) and the brother (אָח) called Man (Adam, Anthropos, Andrew) were meant always to exist together as a unity. Therefore, at the first we must be reborn from above and we must find “our lost brother”—-the Hearing One.

The Firstborn is called by the name of the “Hearing One:”

The very first recognition a child has of his parent (his mother) is when he or she imprints on the “voice”of the mother.

This voice imprint of a mother to her child occurs while the child is still living in the house of his or her mother’s womb. Similarly we discover Messiah (the new Adam; the new Israel) who pre-exists creation had heard Adonai’s Voice in the “Bosom of the Father” before anything ever existed and before He (the D’var HaShem) was physically formed to become the Messiah (HaD’var); the eternal dwelling place of Adonai.

Why did Adonai Avinu send us M’shicho (His Messiah)?

The G-d of the Beginning chose to open-up the womb of eternity to enter His Spirit into the old failed-creation order as HaMoshia l’chol Adam. He did this to usher in the beginning of a new creation order that would never fail.

The Messiah is the only person who has ever perfectly heard, understood, and obeyed Adonai’s Voice throughout all of his lifetime!

Therefore, only Ha-Mashiach Yeshua can rebirth and re-story the nation of Israel and the entire race of Adam. So, Abba our Father has in His Messiah given us the necessary means so that one day like Him, on the day of our resurrection, we too shall perfectly hear, understand, and obey the Voice of G-d our Father.

Ya’akov and Yochanan, sons of Zavdai:

In addition to our study of the place name of the Sea of Kinneret (Ginneisar, Gennesaret) and the two personal names of the Messiah Yeshua and His talmid Shim’on (Cefa, Cephas, Peter) there are two other personal names we should examine. These are the names of Ya’akov and Yochanan, the sons of Zavdai (זַבְדִּי-Zebedee).

Meaning of Name #1.  Ya’akov Ben Zavdai (יַעֲקֹב בֵּן זַבְדִּי). There is a double meaning to the name Ya’kov (Jacob). First, this name is a reference to one of the first three patriarchs of Israel—-father Ya’akov. His name means He Adonai will “preserve and protect” His children, the elect nation and people of Israel. Second, his name means that he Ya’akov will one day “supplant” the evil world system established by the wicked one and “replace” it with the permanent Rule of G-d (lit. Yisra’el). Therefore, due to our father Ya’akov being the destined Supplanter of the evil world system he was also given a new name, the name of the “overcoming” one, “Yisra’el;” which interpreted means—-the Rule of G-d.

Meaning of Name #2.  *Yochanan Ben Zavdai (יוֹחָנָן בֵּן זַבְדִּי). Yochanan Ben Zavdai’s full name means the “Endowment of the Grace of Adonai.” His name testifies to two things. First, the name of this talmid testifies to the “gift” of the Messiah. The Messiah Yeshua is the one who secures for us atonement and cleansing from our sins (past, present, and future) through His once-in-eternity sacrifice. Second, Yochanan’s name (John) is a testimony to the heavenly Father’s ‘gift’ to us (Israel) of the permanent Indwelling Presence of His Spirit of Holiness. This most gracious (חֵן, חָנַן-chen, chanan) *endowment of the gift of the Father of His Indwelling of Presence is our guarantee that we shall be perfected on the day of resurrection; so that we (Israel) might be for all eternity “perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect.”

*Yochanan Ben Zavdai means the “endowment,” “gift,” and “dowry” (זֶבֶד, هِبَةً) of Adonai (ה’).

The mystery of the identity of the Father of Shim’on:

We should point out under the law of non-mention that the names of Ya’akov and Yochanan are associated with their father—-Zavdai (Endowment). However, the identity of the father of Shim’on is not given. It is important to note that we know from other texts in the HaBrit HaChadashah that the name of the father of Shim’on is *”Yonah” in Aramaic and “Yochanan” in Hebrew.

*Although the name of the father is pronounced in Aramaic (Yonah) different from the Hebrew (Yochanan), the meaning of the name of the ‘father of Shim’on’ is the same for both languages (more on this later).

Under the interpretive textual law of ‘non-mention’ what is not mentioned and should have been mentioned is even more important than what ‘is’ mentioned. So we see here that the very special personal of Yochanan is not referenced only once but twice. First there is the visible mention of the name Yochanan as the ‘son’ of Zavdai – Yochanan Ben Zavdai. Second, and even more important to the text is the invisible (non) mention of the name Yochanan as the identification of the ‘father.’ Therefore, the most significant (sod, hidden) meaning of the full name of Shim’on Ben Yochanan (שִׁמְעוֹן בֵּן יוֹחָנָן) is:

“Hearing the Grace of Adonai!”

When we add the meaning of Messiah’s assigned name of “Cefa” (Stone, Rock) to the full name of Shim’on Ben Yochanan it is revealed that those Yehudim (Jews) who have “Heard, Understood, and Obeyed the Grace of Adonai” shall like the Messiah become our heavenly Father’s permanent immortal, incorruptible, unassailable dwelling place—-His “House of Stone.” Cefa affirms this truth when he says:

אשר אתם נגשים אליו – אבן חיה שמאסוה בני אדם, אך נבחרה ויקרה לאלהים. וגם אתם, כאבנים חיות, נבנים לבית רוחני, לכהנת קדש, כדי להעלות זבחי רוח רצויים לאלהים בזכות ישוע המשיח. משום כך אומר הכתוב: “הנני יסד בציון אבן פינה נבחרה ויקרה, והמאמין בה לא יבוש.” פ

Which you will come to – a Living Stone that has been rejected by men, but is chosen and precious to G-d. And you too, as living stones, are being built for a spiritual house, for the priesthood of the Holy One (Kadesh), in order to bring acceptable spiritual sacrfices (gifts) to G-d through Yeshua Ha-Mashiach. For this reason Scripture says: “Behold, I have established in Zion an Eben Pena (אבן פינה-Cornerstone) that has been chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it will not be disappointed (desolate).

Two types of Fishing Nets:

The fishing net was constructed after the form of that used by the ancient Egyptians (cf. Isaiah 19:8). There were principally two kinds of fishing nets.

1.  The drag-net or hauling-net (cf. mashal of the fish net). The drag-net was of great size and required many men to work it. It was usually let down from a fishing-boat, and then drawn to the shore or into the boat.

2.  The casting-net or hand-net (1, 2). The hand-net was thrown from a boat (or a rock) and Its form was circular like the “top of a tent.” A special type of casting-net is the “bag-net.” The bag-net was used for enclosing fish in deep water. This latter specialized type of hand-net was the type of fishing net that Shim’on and his associates put to use after the Messiah instructed them: “Take the boat out to the deep area of the sea and let your [bag-net] fishing nets down to catch.”

The Fish and the Net:

The Messiah was sent to throw the great net of Adonai’s compassion over men’s *souls that they might be caught and taken in love out of their distress (צָרָה) into the House of Adonai’s mercy. The Messiah is guaranteed, therefore, to ultimately capture a large number of fish (distressed souls) because He is the Father of Mercies (Avi HaRachamim) cloaked in human form. In the Messiah’s House of Fishing:

Chesed #1.  Humanity continues to be caught in the net of the Messiah’s besorah, (בְּשׂוֹרָה-good news) of the Endowment of the Grace of Adonai (יוֹחָנָן בֵּן זַבְדִּי-Yochanan Ben Zavdai), His Message of Divine Redemption. This facilitates spiritual regeneration administered by the Spirit of Grace (רוּחַ הַחֶסֶד-Ruach Ha-Chesed, the loving-kindness of Adonai) in those who believe the Message of Messiah;

Chesed #2. Redeemed humanity continues to grow in the knowledge and grace of the Holy One (growth, sanctification);

Chesed #3. The redeemed remnant of believing Jews and Gentiles are awaiting the fast approaching day of (our) resurrection, translation, and ascension into heaven that will be accomplished through the all-powerful resurrection Voice of the Shofar of G-d.

*In the Hebrew Scriptures the symbol of a fish (in and out of the water) is most often a symbol of the life of the human “soul.”

Shimon’s Confession:

“Shim’on [שִׁמְעוֹן from the root שָׁמַע – the one who ‘heard, understood, and obeyed’ the Messiah] caught so many fish that their net was torn. They waved their hands to their friends who were in the second boat to come to them and help them, and they came and filled the two boats to the point of sinking. When Shim’on Cefa (Petros) saw this, he fell at Yeshua’s knees and said, ‘My master, please leave me—for I am a sinner!'”

My master, please leave me—for I am a sinner!

This Shim’on said, not as if the presence of the Messiah was upsetting and burdensome to him; rather, he was filled with amazement and gratitude to Adonai Avinu at the greatness of the miracle. In the Presence of the Holy One who Indwelt M’shicho (His Messiah), Shim’on was struck with a sense of the greatness of His majesty and power. Therefore, it was not the presence of the man Yeshua that provoked this response; rather, it was the nearness of the actual Presence of the Spirit of Adonai (who Indwells M’shicho) that immediately struck Shim’on with awe and fear; a consciousness of his sinfulness; and an overwhelming awareness of his moral weakness and spiritual inadequacy.

What do the two boats symbolize?

We have already pointed out that the number ‘two’ in the Hebrew Scriptures refers to a “witness” and a “testimony.” However, we have yet to discern the meaning of the witness and the testimony of the two boats. What are the clues that we have already discerned that can help us discover the specific meaning of the testimony of the two boats?

Witness #1.  We know what time of day it is (dawn).

Witness #2.  We know what the place name of (the Sea of) Kinneret is—-“Harp” (a Jewish Ten String instrument).

Witness #3.  We know the meanings of the full personal names of the Messiah and His three (counting Andrew) Jewish disciples (cf. clue #4 below).

Witness #4.  We know what the fish (souls) and the nets symbolize (the besorah of the Grace of Adonai). So what else do we need to know to answer the question, “What do the two boats symbolize?”

At least six more clues are required to discern the ‘witness’ of the two boats:

Putting the nets down into the deep part of the Sea:

Clue #1.  The four locations of the Messiah. First, the Messiah is on the shore with a crowd of Yehudim (Jews) surrounding Him. Second, the Messiah leaves the shore and gets in the boat of Shim’on to better teach the people of Israel who are on the beach. Third, after He finishes teaching the Messiah orders Shim’on to “Take it (the boat of Shim’on) out to the deep area of the sea and let your nets (bag-nets) down to catch.” Fourth, after the miraculous catch of fish and the confession of Shim’on the Messiah returned with His Jewish disciples (talmidin, students) to shore; where the great crowd of Yehudim was waiting to hear the witness of the miracle that had just taken place.

Clue #2.  The condition of the two boats. Without the Messiah at night, at the very best time for fishing, no fish were caught. However, with the Messiah at dawn the two boats were filled to maximum capacity with fish.

Clue #3.  The different roles of the crewmen of the two boats. It was in the boat of the fisherman Shim’on that all of the fish were caught. The boat of Ya’akov and Yochanan, the sons of Zavdai, was used only to help transport Shim’on’s great catch of fish to shore.

Clue #4.  The hidden crewman in the boat of Shim’on. We know that the brother of Shim’on, Andrew (Hebrew: Adam), is the one who first introduced Shim’on to the Messiah. Therefore, under the law of non-mention we must add to the name of Shim’on (Hearing, Heard) the name of his brother—-Andrew (Man, Adam). This means: Man (Adam, Andrew) was also in the boat with his brother Hearing (Shim’on).  So next we must ask ourselves two things: first, who was it that both Man and his brother were hearing; and second, what was the message that they heard?

Man and his brother Hearing – heard, understood, and obeyed the Messiah of Adonai!

Clue #5.  The double meaning of the (hidden) name of the father of Shim’on and Andrew (Adam). When Andrew (Adam-Man) brought his brother Shim’on (Hearing) to the Messiah a “Divine imperative” emerged:

Imperfect Man brought his damaged Hearing to Adonai for healing (restoration).

This ‘return of our Hearing’ (Shema Yisra’el) must occur before any of us can truly expect that our nation and our people will begin to be transformed into the likeness of our Messiah—-the Perfect Man who Adonai our Father Loves. This rebirth and transformation of the imperfect man (nation, people) into the likeness of the Righteous Son—who always hears, understands, and obeys our heavenly Father—occurs only by the Endowment (זַבְדִּי-from Dowry זֶבֶד) of the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit being enthroned in all of our hearts.

In the Testimony of the Messiah we learn that the the name of the father of Adam and Hearing (Andrew and Shim’on) is “Jonah” which means in Aramaic the Grace of Adonai. This Aramaic personal name is phonetically very close in sound-vocalization to the Hebrew word “Jonah,” meaning the “Dove,” which is the symbol of the work of the Holy Spirit. We believe this phonetic equivalency between the two words and their meanings, of the Grace of Adonai (Aramaic, Yonah) and the Dove (Hebrew, Yonah), is not a coincidence. Providentially, we believe the Spirit of Holiness is making it emphatically clear that both Adam (Man) and his faculty of Hearing are creations of Adonai. What we hear in the sound-vocalization of the two Semitic languages (Hebrew, Aramaic) and their related meanings to the testimony (witness) of Messiah is a two-fold witness to the perfecting works of the Spirit of the Holy One.

Therefore, the Divine Spirit is the actual progenitor of both Man (Adam, Andrew) and Hearing. This insight adds to the overall meaning of the two (full) names that are attached to the boat of Shim’on:

Man obeyed Messiah’s command to cast the net (Jewish besorah) of the Grace of G-d into the depths of the Sea.

This means the name of the father takes on an added dimension of meaning: Yona in Hebrew means, “Dove.” The symbol of the Dove is a reference to the saving work of the Spirit of the Holy One (the reality behind the symbol) ; and it is a veiled reference (in Hebrew) to the very unique ministry and messianic testimony of Yona Ben Amittai” (יונה בן־אמיתי-Son of “My Truth” – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

The Jewish prophet Jonah was called to preach the Besorah (Jewish Gospel) of Adonai’s Grace to the Gentiles.

Clue #6.  The twin symbols of the Beach (shore) and the Sea. The location from which this fishing expedition is launched is from the “Beach.” Therefore, the salvation of Adonai is administered from the vantage point of His Jewish talmidin (תלמידיו-disciples, students) who are a part of (a remnant from among) the People and Land—the people of Israel.

The Beach is an interface. It is a very special location. It is a base of operations. It is a launch point and a return point.

The Beach of the Land of Israel is occupied by a very special people who are engaged in a very special vocation. The Beach is a base of operations. It is a launch point and a return point from which the messianic remnant of Israel does the business of the Kingdom of heaven. For now this business of fishing in the Sea of Kinnerot has brought many souls into our (Israel’s) messianic faith. This most important work of bringing the Salvation of Adonai to Israel and to all of the world has been facilitated by only a very *small remnant of Israel.

* A mystery from the depths of the sea: So far a very small remnant of messianic Jews have been instrumental in many G-d fearing gentiles coming to faith by their receiving the besorah (good news message) of the Endowment of the Grace of Adonai and through exercising true faith in M’shicho (His Messiah). This historical fact is portrayed in the prophetic imagery of the Jewish fishermen putting down their casting nets into the depths of the sea and catching a great miraculous catch of fish; so great that it nearly sunk the two Jewish boats.

The Assembly of Messiah is a living organism; a living extension of the body of the Messiah whose Head is Adonai Avinu.

This body of messianic believers at present is made up of a large number of gentiles (a remnant of the peoples of the Sea-הַיָּם) and a very small but growing number of messianic Jews (the Beach-הַחוֹף; i.e. those of us who are a remnant of the people of the Land; Am Israel).

This international Assembly of Messiah is a living extension of the body of the Messiah whose Divinely appointed rule is over both the Land (Israel) and the Sea (Commonwealth of Israel). Therefore, today’s Assembly of Messiah (Jew and Gentile) is a prototype of the messianic kingdom to come. For now the Assembly of the Messiah is that international body of believers who are called to proclaim the sacrificial death and redemption of the Messiah until He returns.

However, after the triumphant return of our Messiah all Israel shall be saved. He shall call out all of our people from the four corners of the earth to return to our homeland Israel (1, 2, 3). There shall be no more delay. For at that time our heavenly Father shall fulfill all of the promises that He has made to our fathers:

Messiah shall return and restore to Israel the Kingdom of Adonai.

After the Messiah brings about the restitution of all things: The replacement theologies of rabbinic Judaism, institutionalized Christianity, Islam, etc. will all come to an end. We shall all become messianic Jews (Israel) and then shall all of the gentile nations, peoples, and families also embrace faith in Adonai Eloheinu and in our Messiah (Commonwealth of Israel).

Then all Israel will be engaged in the fishing business of Adonai Avinu.

When the Kingdom of Adonai is restored to Israel every Jewish man, woman, and child will be engaged in the national (priestly and royal) vocation of bringing in to our faith all of the Gentiles of the world. Like our father Abraham, the friend of Adonai, we shall all obey His mitzvah of hachnasat orchim (הכנסת אורחים-“bringing in the guests,” *hospitality). In the messianic golden age of Israel all of the nations, peoples, and families of the world will come to worship Adonai Avinu with us in Israel.

*In messianic Jewish thought hachnasat orchim (hospitality) – “bringing in the guests” – is very close in meaning to what the term “evangelism” means. All Israel shall communicate the good news (besorah) of the chen, chanan, and chesed (Grace) of Adonai. However, we (Israel) shall communicate the redemptive love of Avinu Shebashamayim not just through words. We shall communicate the loving-kindness of Adonai our Father through acts of international charity and kindness; and through our national hospitality. One day all the world will come to Israel to worship the one true G-d and to receive the blessing of the hachnasat orchim (hospitality) of His People (restored Israel). For it is written:

כי תמלא הארץ לדעת את־כבוד ה’ כמים יכסו על־ים׃

כִּ֚י תִּמָּלֵ֣א הָאָ֔רֶץ לָדַ֖עַת אֶת־כְּבֹ֣וד ה’ כַּמַּ֖יִם יְכַסּ֥וּ עַל־יָֽם׃

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the kavod Adonai (*glory of the LORD) as the waters cover the sea.

*Kavod Adonai – means that all of the nations, peoples, and families of the earth will be filled (תמלא) – “like the waters cover the sea” – with the immeasurable blessedness of experiencing (לדעת-to know) the actual physical and spiritual (supernatural) Presence of the Holy One being manifested throughout the entire world (‘His’ world).

לא־ירעו ולא־ישחיתו בכל־הר קדשי כי־מלאה הארץ דעה את־ה’ כמים לים מכסים׃

לֹֽא־יָרֵ֥עוּ וְלֹֽא־יַשְׁחִ֖יתוּ בְּכָל־הַ֣ר קָדְשִׁ֑י כִּֽי־מָלְאָ֣ה הָאָ֗רֶץ דֵּעָה֙ אֶת־ה’ כַּמַּ֖יִם לַיָּ֥ם מְכַסִּֽים׃

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of Adonai as the waters cover the sea.

They left everything and followed Him:

Nearly two millennia ago the Messiah said to a remnant of Israel: “Do not fear. From now on you will surely catch men.” Then these men led the boat to the land, and they “left everything and followed Him.”

אבל בבוא עליכם רוח הקדש תקבלו כח ותהיו עדי הן בירושלים והן בכל יהודה ושומרון, עד קצה הארץ. פ

“But when the Spirit of the Holy One comes upon you, you shall receive power, and you shall be witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judah and Samaria, to the ends of the earth.”

Today, in modern Israel it is as before: the Spirit of the Holy One is once again telling us (a remnant of Israel): “Do not fear. From now on you will surely catch men.” So too we are ‘leaving everything and following Him.’ However, this *time the Spirit is taking the Testimony of our Jewish Messiah from the Sea (the Gentiles) back to the Land (the People of Israel).

*Soon, in the time of the great (world-wide) testing to come, a period of seven years of testing that must occur before the Messiah will return to Israel, the Spirit of the Holy One will appoint once again (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) a special group of Jewish emissaries (evangelists) to take the Besorah (Good News) of the Grace of Adonai and the Testimony of M’shicho (His Messiah) to all the nations, peoples, and families of the world (cf. prophecy of ההתגלות פרק ז – Hitgallut Chapter 7).

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