The time between the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension, was a period of intensive learning for the disciples, transitioning as they were, from their dependence on the Jesus who had been alongside them physically, to the One whose Presence they would carry with them, and in them, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Financial worries are a real issue in every age. In the UK, recent studies* suggest that 40% of workers have been stressed about money in the past year.
As modern disciples of Jesus, we need to learn, like the early disciples, to walk in rest in this area....
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." [Matthew 6: 25,33]
Sometimes this is viewed as a disobedient or faithless act, but there is no suggestion of a rebuke from Jesus. And the fact that they had seaworthy boats and nets, readily available, suggests to me that they had been maintained properly during their three years with Jesus. Maybe the coffers had been swelled from time to time by the odd fishing trip?
(As an aside....It is curious that they didn't recognise the Lord's voice..... I wonder if He was teaching them that in this new era, they would need to detect His voice in a variety of sources, including the words of friends and strangers?)
And no doubt the disciples were reminded of the time when thousands of people had been fed from a similar small amount of loaves and fishes.
I suspect that that morning some fears were put to rest.
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