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XVII. The miraculous catches of fish

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Twice reference is made to a startling catch of fish, in Lk. 5:1-11. Jesus does not hunt the fish into the net, but shows where they are to be found, with an "inexplicable distant gaze". Calvin says that, although much is often caught with one good cast, we must nevertheless think of God's dispensation here. Greydanus is of the same sentiments. Jesus had not just seen the fish and pointed them out to Peter, but had assigned them, i.e. ordained them into Peter's nets by His power. Keulers concludes from the reaction of Peter, who as an experienced fisherman knew "what was natural in this respect and what was not", that this is a "miracle", without going into details. As this catch of fish occurred after Jesus' resurrection, questions can hardly be asked about the "how" of the event.

Keywords: catch of fish; God; Greydanus; miracle

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