This is the last blog entry that Stanley M Horton wrote. He dictated it to his daughter Faith just before he began being sick in May 2014.
A Facebook friend private messaged me and asked this question:
"Dear Bro. Horton. Ref the disciples hauling in the great catch of fish that numbered 153, I once read that this number referred to what was known as “The 153”, the mathematical sum of the letters, “I am the Lord thy God.” Is this correct?"
Here is my answer:
Working with numbers like that is not important. The important thing is that Peter was convinced that the resurrected Jesus was the same one who had called him and given him the fish before (Luke 5:5,6). Peter was finally ready to give a sermon like he did on the Day of Pentecost because he fully believed.
Down through history there have been people who tried to make something of different numbers in the Bible. I believe this draws attention away from the truths being taught. In this case when Peter threw a net over and caught 153 fish it wasn't the number that was significant but that it drew attention to the fact there were a great many fish in the net. The Bible wants people to see it wasn't just 3 or 4 fish that were pulled up. It was the same Jesus.
The point is the power of the risen Jesus and how he went out of his way to help one man's faith.
God wants to use the risen power of Jesus to strengthen your faith today too.