In the Gospel of Luke, we read “And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.’” Luke has included the call in the miraculous catch of fish.
The key word is “catching.” Luke has alluded to these verses in Jeremiah: “For I will bring them back to their own land which I gave to their fathers. Behold, I am sending for many fishers and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.” In Luke, while Jesus is catching disciples the temple establishment is trying to catch him. In Luke 11:53-54 we read “As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard, and to provoke him to speak of many things, lying in wait for him, to catch at something he might say.” The Jeremiah allusion is complete.
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