153 Fish

Belinda told us many wonderful stories about her visit in Israel, but this one in particular caught my attention. Her guide, Danny explained that numbers are always significant in scripture, otherwise, in John 21:10-11, why would the disciples be bothered to count the fish, especially when it was such a big haul? John 21:10, 11- Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.Belinda took a picture of the guide’s white board drawing, showing the numerical value of the words Elohim Ani–or God am I. It worked out to 153!

Did God convey a message in the number of fish? Does it matter? After all, the disciples already recognized Jesus.

John 21:6-7-He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”(NIV).

Jesus already had fish on the fire. He didn’t need any of theirs.

John 21:9- When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread (NIV).

They took the time to count those fish, even in the midst of their excitement over the presence of the Christ!

John 21:7b- As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water (NIV).


Jesus simply confirmed to them what they already knew.


John 21:12-Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord (NIV).

If we have asked Jesus into our live, we know He is the Lord, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little visible faith. Jesus knows that and He gives it freely.

Prayer-Lord, please encourage what we know in our hearts with a little visible faith today. Amen

Brenda J Wood