- The Apostle Peter wrote this letter with Silvanus (aka Silas).
- Peter most likely wrote this letter around 62-63 AD.
- After Jesus himself, the most frequently named person in the gospels is Peter.
- Peter was originally named Simon, his father was named John and we know he was married.
- The apostles were: 1) eye witnesses to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ; given authority by Jesus to speak for and about him; 3) given a clear, accurate understanding of the gospel by the Holy Spirit; and 4) given the ability to confirm their authority with signs.
- Jesus meets Peter in the midst of his daily life with a request to use his common job skills: rowing and fishing.
- The Sea of Galilee (Lake Genessaret) drops off into deep water close to the shore. You can fish two ways: 1) you can cast from a boat because it’s too deep to stand on the shore; 2) or you can drag a net through the deep waters with two boats.
- All good fisherman would know that the best fishing takes place at night when it’s harder for the fish to see and avoid the net.
- In Luke 5:5 Peter addresses Jesus as “teacher” (i.e. boss or master).
- The great catch of fish in this climax of the story. Essentially, Peter has hit the financial jackpot.
- Why is Jesus still a penniless rabbi wandering around the region teaching people for free? Because he knows there’s something more valuable than all the riches of the world.
- In Luke 5:8 Peter addresses Jesus as “lord.”
- Jesus offers Peter the chance to be part of something bigger than chasing financial freedom. He offers Peter not words of financial security, but words of eternal security.
- His offer is so compelling that Peter is willing to leave everything, to walk away from his business and his livelihood to follow this traveling teacher.