Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 29, 2013

The First Disciples

“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.” Mark 1:16-20

This account makes it sound like Jesus was so dramatic that he could randomly walk by people and compel them to drop everything and follow him. More likely, these four were already disciples of John the Baptist, so they already were well acquainted with Jesus (John’s cousin), and following Jesus since John was now in jail.


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