The spirit of religious penitence, the solemn confession of unfaithfulness, the prayer for mercy, are the growth of our nature trained in the school of Christ. Charles Schribner's Sons. II. They were the cry of agonised humility, and only emphasized his own utter unworthiness. How should he expect anything at all? When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. Lastly, notice the right place for a sinful man. g.] Jerome says, “Ignatius, the Apostolic father and martyr, writes boldly, ‘The Lord chose out as apostles men who were sinners above all men.’ ” Comp. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". The facts remain; and nothing except what deals with the facts is the cure which a wise man will adopt. The fear of God.—To gainsay God—with all reverence be it said—is to despise God. The time was the same--just after a startling miracle. Christ received his worship, the reception of such a thing being an implicit claim of deity on the Saviour's part; and Luke's record of it here is significant as a further proof that all of the apostles concurred in thus hailing Jesus as God among human beings. First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages. Holy! This supposition of the Jews seems to have been founded on the authority of God himself, Exodus 33:20; : There shall no man see my Face and Live. The savage convert who before knew nothing more sacred than revenge and war, is brought to Jesus, and, as he listens to that voice, feels the stain of blood growing distinct upon his soul. Luke 5:8(NASB) Picture courtesy of James Tissot - Public Domain. What a sense he now had of his own vileness, and what views of the excellency of Christ I Rebecca alighted from her camel when she saw Isaac, and prostrated herself before him: and whatever opinion we may have entertained of ourselves before, sure I am, that we shall be sensible of our own nothingness when we view ourselves in the light of the Divine perfections. It is probably intended by Luke to indicate the moment when Simon became Peter in spirit, as he recognised that Jesus was even more out of the ordinary than he had realised. They kept all they had, and lost the Lord; he kept the Lord, and lost all else. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". There is no feeling in Peter’s breast akin to the desire to get rid of his religious thought. And as a result of it he belonged to Jesus for ever. THE EFFECTS PRODUCED ON PETER’S MIND. I. Peter has left the boat and is standing on shore under the searching gaze of the Son of God. 1876. ‘Fell down at Jesus’ knees.’ Probably literally. "Commentary on Luke 5:8". But he knows that he must not yield to such a temptation. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". II. Used by Permission. Depart from me - This is an expression of Peter‘s humility, and of his consciousness of his unworthiness. Some of you try to get rid of the Christ out of your boat by another way. Ours is a privileged and joyful service; our lives are directed by the Lord whose love and blessing are without limit; our personal judgments and reluctant attitudes should be utterly abandoned; and there is for the child of God no happiness like that of doing exactly what the Lord commanded. "Commentary on Luke 5:8". We “are” not worthy to be with him, to be reckoned among his friends, or to dwell in heaven with him; but he came to seek the lost and to save the impure. The very first word ever uttered by Jesus to Peter (John 1:42) revealed to him the Messianic power of discerning spirits; in the present miracle he acknowledges, with an overwhelming sensibility, the Lord’s mastery of the secrets of lower nature. And so, not thinking so much about the sin as about the punishment that he thought must necessarily come when the holy and the impure collided, he cried, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’ Now I take it that you get there, in that one instance, packed into small and picturesque compass, just the outlines of what it is reasonable and right that there should always go on in a heart when it first catches a glimpse of the purity, and holiness, and nearness of God, and of the awful, solemn verity that we do, each of us for himself, stand in a living, personal relation to Him. It is absurd to suppose that Peter was thinking of the danger which Jesus might incur from being on board with a criminal! ), The nearer to God, the sharper the anguish, It is not the gross and carnal only, or the ignorant, who know this start, this touch of shame. https: Our Lord knew how to answer better than Peter did to ask. Everything stood for him that morning as it had ever been; nothing seemed ready for any great shock or surprise. Who shall stand when He appeareth? "Commentary on Luke 5:8". II. II. Or you fling yourselves into business. "Commentary on Luke 5:8". The froward child blushes to think how little there is in him of the infant meekness which Jesus praised; and feels that, had he been there, he must have missed the benediction, or more bitter still, have wept to know it misapplied. Dear friends! 3. The same writer remarks of the miracle itself, “Christ here appears as the ideal man, the second Adam of the eighth Psalm; ‘Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands: Thou hast put all things under His feet … the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas’ (Luke 5:6; Luke 5:8).”. So Moses, Deuteronomy 5:26; : Who is there of all flesh that hath heard the voice of the living God, speaking out of the midst of the fire as we have, and Lived? ), The sense of sin in the Saviour’s presence, Such has ever been the effect of God’s presence felt and realized by a human soul. All … The speech is in exact keeping with the quick discernment, and expression of feeling, of Peter’s character. (a) Obedience to the opinion of the world; The first of these makes the man of honour; the second, the man of virtue; the third, the man of saintliness. (339). But now this extraordinary event brought it all home to him in renewed power.