The Biblically Prepared Outdoorsman – May 12, 2008

This lesson is the biblically prepared outdoorsman. Now I am not being irreligious here, nor am I endorsing a redneck version of the Bible. From the standpoint of literature alone, the Bible ranks as the all time best seller. The story I am referring to is found in John, chapter 21.

First, let’s see how many are going fishing. If I count the total cast, it is seven. For we know that the sons of Zebedee constitute James and John. And they were fishing in the evening. The first question to ask is this. Is it better to fish at night? Well, according to a bit of web poking, it is. But I will defer this, until I can ask some professors, who are experts on fish. I’ll bet their lectures are well attended.

Anyway, Christ comes along, and asks them “friends, haven’t you any fish?” Now when they answer “no”, he tells them to cast the net on the right side. Immediately, they caught 153 large fish. Here here is an observation, only fishermen usually make (by the way, I don’t usually fish). It takes time to clean and prepare a fish for eating, but a surprise is waiting. Christ already has a fire with burning coals, with fish and bread on it. Now here is another observation. If bread is on the fire, then was Christ making toast? If so, our history books are probably wrong, on the origin of toast.

Suppose everyone wanted to eat the fish. If there were 153 fish, and eight people (including Christ), we would have 19.125 fish per person. And if Christ didn’t eat of the 153 fish, we would have approximately 22 fish per person. From a math standpoint, this last number is really 21, with a large number of decimal digits.

If a fisherman were being asked to write John, Chapter 21, for a Redneck bible version, would he produce a commentary similar to mine? Again, I am not being irreligious here, but looking at a biblical story, from a different standpoint.

Randy Kemp


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