Our text for Sunday is from Matthew 4:13-25. As Jesus begins his ministry, he begins to call some disciples to himself. In Jesus day, it was a high honor and privilege to be asked by a Rabbi to follow them and be their disciple.
I want to highlight a verb in the text. “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers…” Fisherman are on the low end of vocations in terms of status. And more than that, Simon, Andrew, James and John were engaged in the family business (fishing). This could mean a couple of things. One, they were not very educated and second, to this point, a rabbi had not asked for them to be their disciple.
In the culture of Jesus day, a rabbi would ask a few to be their disciple in there early teens, or you could request to study with a rabbi, and they could accept or reject you. There is good evidence that the disciples were mostly, if not all, teenagers. It would follow that Simon, Andrew, James and John were already ‘passed over’ by other rabbi’s. That would mean the disciples of Jesus were the ‘leftovers.’
How does that strike you? When Jesus began calling disciples to follow him it meant total and complete commitment. Commitment to his teachings, his way of life, everything. You literally followed in the rabbi’s steps as you lived life together.
Jesus chose his disciples. And they weren’t necessarily the best of the best. Same is true for us today. Isn’t it good to know that Jesus sees us, and calls us to follow him, and he chooses us to be his disciples?
To read more about Jesus day and discipleship, click on this link, www.thattheworldmayknow.com/rabbi-and-talmidim
If you are really ambitious, google “the land of Naphtali and Zebulun.” And look at a couple maps and other information. The Land of Naphtali and Zebulun is the region where Jesus did 90% of his geographical ministry and 75% of his teaching ministry.
Its no coincidence… for several reasons!
See you Sunday!