22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
22 Verse 22. Left the ship and their father] By the ship, το
πλοιον, we are to understand the mere fishing-boat, used for
extending their nets in the water and bringing the hawser or rope
of the farther end to shore, by which the net was pulled to land.
But why should these be called to leave their employment and their
father, probably now aged? To this I answer, that to be obedient
to, provide for, and comfort our parents, is the highest duty we
owe or can discharge, except that to God. But, when God calls to
the work of the ministry, father and mother and all must be left.
Were we necessary to their comfort and support before? Then God,
if he call us into another work or state, will take care to supply
to them our lack of service some other way; and, if this be not
done, it is a proof we have mistaken our call. Again, were our
parents necessary to us, and in leaving them for the sake of the
Gospel, or in obedience to a Divine command, do we deprive
ourselves of the comforts of life? No matter: we should prefer
the honour of serving the Most High, even in poverty and humility,
to all the comforts of a father's house. But what an honour was
the vocation of James and John, to old Zebedee their father! His
sons are called to be heralds of the God of heaven! Allowing him
to have been a pious man, this must have given him unutterable