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Know God in a Year #83 The Chosen

Jesus always enjoys being outdoors, especially with just Abba, loving their time together. He loves sunrises, and this special dawn he has spent the entire night in prayer on the mountain while his followers sleep at the bottom. Today he will choose twelve men to spend the next two years in his constant presence.

Twelve common men will represent him to Israel and later to the world. Six of them have spent most of the last year with him–John and Andrew following from John the Baptist’s endorsement.

John brought James, his brother; they have been with him the longest–most likely his cousins. John was the youngest of all the disciples, and opened his heart completely with the confident trust of a child. He is considered the closest to Jesus by the others. He is deep and feeling, a fiery contemplative.   John and James Jesus calls the “Sons of Thunder,” known for their hot-headed tempers. As is also the Canaanite zealot Simon, devout hater of Rome.

Andrew had gotten his brother Peter* who is generous and sympathetic, but also impulsive, often making rash judgments before having a full understanding.

Matthew has just recently heard, “Follow me.” He is difficult for the others to accept. Philip was first to hear those words,* and he had brought Nathaniel. Philip is sincere and quick to share, but slow in believing and accepting Jesus words. Like Thomas, often his responses show disbelief, needing evidence.** Nathaniel studied to resolve his doubt about Jesus’ poverty–so different from what he’d been taught and expected–but now he is devoted.***

Besides these are Bartholomew (the encourager), another James (son of Alphaeus), another Judas (aka Thaddaeus) and finally Judas Iscariot.

Luke 6:12-16, Mark 3:13-19, Matthew 10,  *John 1:40-43, Matthew 4:18-22  **John 14:5-11  ***John 1:45-51

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