Something just does not seem right about banning fishing on the Sea of Galilee. It doesn't seem biblical, does it?
I mean, this is where the disciples fished.
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-20)
Now, the BBC reports, there is so little left in the famous sea, the Israeli Government has announced a blanket two year ban on fishing. Even the restaurants at Tiberias & other smaller sea side ports are serving the renowned St Peter's fish from fish farm suppliers.
I recall another time in history when there was no fish to be found at this place.
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. (Luke 5:1-7)
Wouldn't the locals love to have Jesus back now to bring in a miraculous haul of fish.
Yes, they would. Unfortunately now, as then, their praise for Jesus would be on the basis of all the stuff he could get for them. Some things never change.
Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you." He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:38-40)