Hunters and Fishermen

Published Date: 
August 4, 2004

Hunters and fishers are treated differently in the Bible. The first hunter in scripture is Nimrod, the "mighty hunter before the LORD' (Genesis 10:9). He is definitely a type of the antichrist. The next hunter is Esau, "a cunning hunter, man of the field" (Genesis 25:27). Esau is the man who "found not place of repentance" (Hebrews 12:17).

Fishers, on the other hand, have good press in the Bible. Many of the disciples of Christ, including the inner circle of Peter, James, and John, were fishermen by trade. Jesus told them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). What is the difference? Well, for one thing, the hunter kills the deer, but the fisherman catches the fish. Certainly, the fish is still headed for death and dinner, but the picture is different. Perhaps you can think of other contrasts between hunters and fishermen. I think it would be a profitable study.

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21:27

The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?