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Teaching Children about the Miraculous Catch of Fish

When I was young, I could recall that the miraculous catch of fish is one of the stories I love to hear over and over again. Kids love this story because it tells them how powerful God is that He can make a miracle in just a blink of an eye. Even teachers are amazed on the kids’ reactions when teaching this story to them during Sunday Schools or any bible classes. What we don’t really know (or maybe don’t realize) is that the miraculous catch of fish occur twice in biblical history.

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The First Miraculous Catch of Fish

The first miraculous catch of fish recorded in the bible was during the early ministries of Jesus Christ when he was gathering His disciples – which results in Peter, James and John (the sons of Zebedee) joining Jesus vocationally as disciples. The first miraculous catch of fish is recorded in Luke 5:1-11.

(v1) One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. (v2) He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. (v3) He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

(v4) When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

(v5) Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

(v6) When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. (v7) So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

(v8) When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (v9) For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, (v10) and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” (v11) So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

The Second Miraculous Catch of Fish (also known as the miraculous catch of 153 fish)

The 2nd miraculous catch of fish is recorded in the gospel of John (chapter 21: 1-14) that occurred after the resurrection of Jesus when seven of the disciples—Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee (James and John), and two others – decided to go fishing but caught nothing that night. Early the next morning, Jesus (whom they had not recognised) called out to them from the shore.

(v1) Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: (v2) Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. (v3) “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

(v4) Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

(v5) He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

(v6) He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

(v7) Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. (v8) The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. (v9) When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

(v10) Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” (v11) So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. (v12) Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. (v13) Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. (v14) This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Teaching the Miraculous Catch of Fish

As to teaching them together or teaching them separately, now depends upon your students and their age. Nursery children may have a challenging time understanding the difference of these two occurrences so we can just highlight what’s important in the stories for them and emphasize Christ’s attribute and power in teaching them the story. For our older students, say preteens and primary, we can begin comparing and contrasting the two stories to them and show them the difference of both stories in a very simple way. Here are some lesson plans we can use in teaching the story to the children.

Bible Story: The Miraculous Catch of Fish (2nd miraculous catch of Fish)
Scripture: John 21:1-14
Target Age Group: Ages 2 – 4
Song Suggestion: My God is so Big
Memory Verse: Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God.”
Bible Story Emphasis: God’s miraculous power over nature

Bible Story: The Miraculous Catch of Fish (1st miraculous catch of Fish)
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
Target Age Group: Ages 2 – 4
Song Suggestion: I will make you fishers of men
Memory Verse: Mark 1:17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Bible Story Emphasis: God calls ordinary people and for an extraordinary work

Activity Suggestions

Children will surely enjoy these activities after learning about the bible story that will help them remember the lesson even more.

– fish net snack. Nets with fish made using waffle pretzels, hershey kisses, and goldfish. Place kiss on pretzel and melt for a few minutes in the oven. Take out and press fish into chocolate.

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Teaching children the story about the miraculous catch of Fish, may it be the first or the second miracle can be a fun-filled time with the kids. There are lots of lessons we can impart in the minds of the children, to even name a few, these stories can teach them about Jesus’ power over nature and miraculous works, the disciples’ faith in doing what God wanted them to do, the disciples’ commitment in following Jesus and becoming fishers of men, God uses an ordinary person to do an extra ordinary work – little children can do great things for God and a whole lot more.
Pray for God’s wisdom and instructions before studying your lesson and submit and offer yourself to God as a vessel for His use so He can effectively use you in teaching the bible lessons to the little ones.

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Miraculous Catch of Fish

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  1. Yahshua told them to bring the fish:
    because he wanted them to be counted !

    Yahshua had already prepared a meal:
    because he wanted to dine with them !

    The second Marriage in the future,
    has a “Marriage Supper” where the guests
    will dine with the Lamb !

  2. “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

    While the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, by the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25,[20] a date later adopted in the East.[21][22] Today, most Christians celebrate Christmas on the date of December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which is also the calendar in near-universal use in the secular world. However, some Eastern churches celebrate Christmas on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany. This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a disagreement over which calendar should be used to determine the day that is December 25.”

    Now therefore:

    If you look at SOMETHING SPECIAL and remember that the Biblical year folds into an almost duplicate mirror image, fold the year diagonally from top left to bottom right – i.e. from the vernal equinox to the 31st day of the 6th Biblical month.

    When the calendar is folded over like this, note that the 19th day of the 10th Biblical month (which is the Western Christian Church Epiphany of the 6th of January), falls on the 11th day of the 3rd Biblical month:

    This 11th day is the 4th day of a 13 day count from Pentecost, to the next 14th day Marriage of Israel in Sinai.

    This 13th day count is day 153 from the Epiphany !

    We are at the very end of the 13 millennium before the 2nd Advent !

    See: SOMETHING SPECIAL at http://www.declarethedecree.com

  3. On the Dead Sea Scrolls Enoch solar calendar Christmas Day is on the 7th day of the 10th month.

    The average human gestation period is 277 days.

    277 days from a conception on Christmas Day, brings you to the birth of Christ on The Day of Atonement –
    day 10 of month 7 !

    They knew there was Something Special about Christmas Day !

    ( According to one researcher Christmas Day was never the winter solstice when the Julian calendar was first formulated, as so often asserted without any proof ! )

    The Dead Sea Scrolls calendar allows us to finally identify the Temple Sadducee omer day starting their Feast of Weeks – the 19th Abib ! ( The Dead Sea Scrolls show that the Qumran community had this day one week later, on the 26th Abib.)

    When using this Temple Sadducee 19th Abib omer, amazing numerical patterns show up between the Feast of Weeks 49 day count and their corresponding day dates !

    Aside from that, amongst many other interesting features on this calendar: if you count starting from Christmas Day, 153 days forwards falls on the Temple Sadducee Day of Pentecost ! ! !

    For much more see: http://www.declarethedecree.com/SOMETHING SPECIAL.xls

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