OTTO THE FISHERMAN

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. Luke 5:4-7  

          Otto Rigaud, Man of God, Brother in Christ, Deacon and a Commercial Fisherman. He was a co-owner in a couple of gill net fishing boats and sometimes he didn’t go out with them to fish. One winter day/night he got a call to come down to the docks and meet one of the boats with the other as they had a really good catch in the nets. 

          Otto called pastor (Sam Flannagan) to come help unload when they got to the docks. The first boat had caught so many redfish it was indeed close to sinking and the only thing that kept the fish fresh was that it was so cold, the fish were freezing on the deck. The fish were not spoiling! 

 

Bonny and her first redfish – 1980 

          They worked all night getting the nets unloaded onto the two boats and then unloading the fish when the got to the docks (for the buyers). It was a massive haul so big Otto said they hadn’t seen anything like it in many years. There were so many fish that Otto’s share was $5000! Yes, five thousand dollars for one night’s work! 

          Otto’s fingers were curled to the point that he couldn’t straighten them out from pulling on the nets. Pastor talked about being so tired from unloading fish for hours. 

 

          Now, when I read these words in Luke, I understand completely what these fishermen witnessed! They made a “draught” – a catch that not only threatened to break the net but also such a catch that both boats began to sink! Just like Otto and his partners witnessed. 

          And if you read the rest of the story, Peter fell at the feet of Jesus, an act of worship, and told Him to leave as he, Peter, was a sinful man. Peter was recognizing the Divinity of Jesus! And Jesus dispels the fear that Peter had by tell him not to fear and that he, Peter, would be a fisher of men! 

          Jesus exhibited faith in Peter! And so today He does with you! Jesus has faith you! That is enough to buoy up our spirit!


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