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THE TWELVE APOSTLES
Most folks know little about most of the twelve. When seen
depicted in stain glass windows most people wouldn't know the
difference if the names beneath each were interchanged.
We tend to make of them saints in the modern sense of the term.
Paul was not one of the original twelve but he had an experience
that frames the picture in which they should be viewed. In Lystria
people tried to worship Paul. He refused to let them do so saying,
"We also are men of like nature with you."
We should find encouragement in knowing the twelve were normal
human beings like us.
When chosen they were all likely teenagers. John was the
youngest of the group.
They came from common walks of life. Four were fishermen, one a
tax collector, and one a cut throat insurrectionists. The chemistry
forged among these very different men was a miracle in itself.
It is questionable if all could read or write. Only three left written
Four of the twelve were from two families and all four likely cousins
of Christ. All but Judas Iscariot came from Galilee.
Looking at the twelve one might get the impression Christ made
some big mistakes in His choices. At the time of choosing the
twelve apostles Christ had many followers who were disciples, that
is learners. He chose from a large pool of potential followers.
A contemporary spoof of a fictional report from a modern
management consultant has been made.
TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph
Woodcrafter's Carpenter Shop
FROM: Jordan Management Consultants
Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have
picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of
them have now taken our battery of tests; and we have not only run
the results through our computer, but also arranged personal
interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational
The profiles of all te ...
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