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|His brother's interest excited Simon and together they rushed away to see the one whom Andrew claimed to be the Messiah.|
Upon arriving Peter heard Jesus say, "Thou art Simon the son of Jona, thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation a stone."
This introduction to Jesus occurred near the River Jordan where John the Baptist preached repentance and baptized new converts. Before the week was over Simon with the others was following Jesus to Cana of Galilee where the Master miraculously turned water into wine.
Some weeks passed and the four fishermen found themselves engaged in their occupation. All night they fished and caught nothing. The Master appeared near the break of day and gave some skilled fishermen a bit of advice. Obedience to the suggestion was contrary to Peter's best judgment; nevertheless, they launched out and let down the net. The catch of two boats filled with small fishes prepared the four for what Jesus then said: "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."
The next day Peter and the other disciples went to the synagogue and heard Jesus expound the word of God. Following the morning service, Peter insisted that Jesus go home with him. Arriving they found Peter's mother-in-law sick of a fever. Jesus healed her and she arose and ministered to them.
When the Sabbath was over and the first three stars appeared, the masses brought their sick that Jesus healed. It was a busy day. Simon was excited about his new Master and purposed to follow zealously.
On many occasions in his following, Simon talked too much, acted too hastily; but, he proved to be one of the most valuable of the followers of Jesus.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS LESSON:
Matthew 4:18-22, 14:24-36, 16:13-20, 17:1-27;
Mark 1:16-20, 8:27-30, 9:18-21, Luke 5:1-11;
John 1:34-42, 13:1-30, 20:1-10, 21:1
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