Matthew 4:18-22 Brothers Effectually Called.
After officially declaring the inauguration of his incarnate earthly ministry, Jesus then calls for disciples who would follow him, learn from him, and one day carry on his work on the earth. The first were the fishermen brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother (v. 18). Appealing to their careers as fishermen, he called them to help him in being fishers of men (v. 19). What is remarkable is the fact that, as Matthew writes, “They immediately left their nets and followed Him” (v. 20). Such was the efficacious power, with the Spirit, of his call – it was effectual for what God alone intended. Jesus then came upon two more brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, also fishermen, mending their nets.
When he called them, they also immediately left their boat and their father, and followed him. For these men, the call of God was greater than their work or careers, even if they were apprentices of their father. Jesus’ authoritative and effectual call was greater than family ties. They would now be about learning to be fishers of men, including tending to their new nets, their new tools of the kingdom. We should also note that although James and Andrew were called away from their father, like Peter and Andrew, Jesus nevertheless placed some premium upon the fact that these were brothers, that family ties were not dissolved, they were simply called together, to a Christocentric purpose.