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Wednesday, February 27 2013
John: Fishers Of Men
John the son of Zebedee was a fisherman of the Sea of Galilee (which is actually a freshwater lake through which the Jordan River flows). John was called by the Messiah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Messiah) to be one of the original twelve apostles (the traitor Judas was replaced by Matthias; see Did Judas Iscariot Repent?). John was given to be the author of the Book of John and three Epistles (see The Epistles: First John, The Epistles: Second John and The Epistles: Third John) during his active ministry. John was the only one of the apostles to reach old age, during which, in his nineties, John was given to write another Epistle, to the "Seven Churches of Asia" - a letter known as the Book of Revelation (see The Epistles: Revelation).
As was the case with Matthew (see Matthew: The Gospel By The Accountant), Mark (see Mark: Was It John Mark?) and Luke (see Luke: The World Of The LORD), John made very little mention of himself in the Book that is known by his name. Even his calling as one of the first four of the twelve apostles, all fishermen, is recorded by the others (just as the Messiah had been a carpenter in the inland, wooded area of Nazareth, His moving to Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee placed Him in an area that was based upon fishing - there is a reason for everything in the Bible).
"4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach [see How Did The Messiah's Ministry Begin?], and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand [see Repent, For The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand].
John was one of the "inner circle" (see What Did Peter and John See That Others Didn't?) who witnessed the transfiguration - a vision of the future Kingdom of God on Earth (see The Moses And Elijah Vision). Notice that John was ordered not to speak or write of it until after the Messiah's Resurrection.
"17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
The fishermen Peter, Andrew, James and John (two sets of brothers) were frequent visitors to the Messiah's home at Capernaum and vice versa. On one such occasion, the famous healing of Peter's wife's mother occurred, followed by many healings of other people. As we will read, John and Peter, and the others, later were also able to heal by means of the Holy Spirit.
"1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
The incident in which a request was made for James and John to be declared the "leading" apostles by the LORD was typical of the carnal world of today also. Many people want to selfishly "lead," rather than to humbly serve, as did the LORD Himself.
"10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
Matthew provided additional information for the same incident - it was actually the mother of James and John who made the request (keep the "Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons" in mind).
"20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
What made the mother of James and John think that she could make such a request? Answer: she was the sister of Mary, the mother of Jesus i.e. she was Jesus' aunt, and James and John were Jesus' cousins. That proof is evident from a very simple compilation of verses.
When Jesus was crucified, standing among the women near the cross with Jesus' mother Mary was Salome, who was Mary's sister, and therefore Jesus' aunt. Match the women to their names:
"19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene." (John 19:25 KJV)
Further to the verses above, Jesus' aunt Salome was the wife of Zebedee, and the mother of the apostles James and John. The relationship doesn't fit together any other way.
"4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them." (Matthew 4:21 KJV)
It was for that reason, as the Messiah was about to die, that He commanded that His mother Mary go to live with her nephew John and her sister Salome (Mary by that time had to have been a widow, or the request would not have been made; see Joseph Of Nazareth).
"19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 19:18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
John, and Mary, obeyed the order ("He saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home"). After the ascension, the apostles returned to Jerusalem. There, "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren."
"1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
John and Peter remained together for some time at that base in Jerusalem. By then, they were able to do miraculous healings, just as the LORD said that they would be able to do in due time.
"3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3:3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
John survived to old age. His brother James did not - he was killed not long after the Crucifixion.
"12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword." (Acts 12:1-2 KJV)
Studies For The Book Of John
Fact Finder: The Book of John has the very famous "John 3:16" verse. What was the entire teaching?
This Day In History, February 27
380: The Edict of Thessalonica. Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?) proclaimed that all Roman citizens were to convert to the Roman perversion of Christianity (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
837: The 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1189: Richard the Lion-Hearted ascended the throne.
1526: In Germany, Saxony and Hesse formed the League of Gotha, a league of Protestant princes.
1531: German Protestants established the League of Schmalkalden to resist the authority of the Emperor (although doctrinally, there is no difference between the Church of Rome and her "Protestant" daughters; see Antichristians).
1560: The Treaty of Berwick, which expelled the French from Scotland, was signed by England and Scotland.
1594: Henry IV was crowned King of France.
1670: Jews were expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.
1803: The Great Fire of Bombay.
1861: The "Warsaw Massacre" occurred when Russian troops fired on a crowd demonstrating against Russian rule.
1881: The Boers defeated the British at the Battle of Majuba Hill, South Africa.
1900: The British Labour Party is founded.
1900: Canadian forces under Lord Kitchener led the final attack of The Battle of Paardeberg, the last battle of the South African Boer War.
1933: The Reichstag Fire. The Nazis claimed the burning of the German Parliament building was a "conspiracy" by "terrorists" and used it as an opportunity to outlaw their political opponents. A Dutchman, Marius van der Lubbe, who was later executed for starting the fire, is regarded by many historians to have been either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was posthumously pardoned in 2008 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: The Battle of the Java Sea began; a U.S., British, Dutch and Australian naval force under command of Dutch admiral Karel Doorman fought the Japanese. Doorman was killed when the Dutch cruiser De Ruyter was sunk.
1948: The Communists forcefully took over the government of Czechoslovakia from President Eduard Benes.
1949: Chaim Weizmann became the first President of Israel.
1967: Revered CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite editorialized against the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam), changing from his previous neutral stance.
1973: Native Americans began an occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a siege that lasted until May.
1974: A new constitution was approved in Sweden which reduced the status of the king to a figurehead.
1991: During the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq, Kuwaiti troops re-entered Kuwait city.