Hello, RZIMConnect Family,
First of all, I can’t express how grateful I’m for this wonderful platform, allowing us to exchange our experiences and share our questions.
Though I joined the site a while back in Feb, I was going through some difficult season that made it challenging for me to keep up!
Therefore, this would be my first contribution to the site. I hope I’m posting in the appropriate section while keeping in line with the guidelines
People often accuse the gospel accounts of being contradictory or conflicting,and there’re some occasions where it may look like that at the first instance, including the one I’m about to mention.
This is more of a Question/ Reflection kind of post, where I’d be happy to know your thoughts about the incident I’m referring to, while also sharing similar Qs or thoughts about other similar seemingly contradictory stories or accounts in the gospels.
While reading John 1:35-42, The story of the two disciples of John the Baptist- one of whom was Andrew, Peter’s brother- following Jesus after John calls him out as the"Lamb of God" greatly caught my attention, & led me to think " This wasn’t how Jesus called Peter and Andrew! was it?" Compared to the famous story in Matthew 4:18-22, where He was walking by the seaside, saw them fishing and called them to follow him and “fish for people”.
I went back and tried reading the four gospels’ accounts of Jesus’ calling of his disciples, and here’s what I concluded :
I was led to believe that the account recorded in John’s gospel is an earlier incident than the other three. For example, when I contrasted Matthew’s and Mark’s accounts**( Mark 1:14-20)** with John’s, I found out that in the former two gospels, the incident of Jesus commanding Andrew and Peter to follow him, happened after John the Baptist had been put into prison( Matthew 4:12, Mark 1:14), while in John 1:35, John the Baptist was still there. According to which, I can’t help but conclude that Jesus knew Peter and Andrew before He had called them to follow Him, and John, the disciple, recorded such an earlier encounter. On the other hand, I found Luke’s account (Luke 5: 1-11) to be an even more detailed version of that seaside story, where he describes how Jesus gets into one of the two brothers’ fishing boats and asks them to go deeper in waters, only to end up catching so much fish that both boats were about to sink. Then Jesus commanded them to follow Him by His well-known phrase" You’ll fish for people!"
It took me almost two hours contrasting and connecting the dots, but it definitely was worth it.
I hope I didn’t leave something out or mix things up, but that’s all I’ve reached so far. I’m now eager to hear your thoughts and remarks regarding this story and maybe similar stories in the four gospels.