James And John, The Sons Of Zebedee (5 Of 11) by Nelson Price

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MARK 1: 19, 20

Jesus visited the Sea of Galilee often. There one day he
encountered two brothers who were fishermen. That means
physically they were special specimens. Working with the heavy
nets resulted in massive upper bodies.

As fishermen they would have been from a stable economic family.
Fishing was one of the major industries on the Galilee. Fish from
the Sea of Galilee was a gourmet item even in Rome.

James and John were sons of Zebedee. Their mother appears to
have been Salome, the sister of Mary, the mother of Jesus. That
would have made them cousins of Jesus.

The closeness of these men from Galilee is hinted at in Mark 1: 29.
There James and John are depicted as entering the home of
Andrew and Peter with Jesus. The mother of the wife of Simon
Peter was ill and Jesus healed her. That was a bonding for the

Jesus knowing the personalities of James and John gave them a
nickname, "Boanerges," meaning "Sons of Thunder." Does that
paint a picture for you? These boys had a low flash point.

Combined with Simon the Zealot they gave the group dynamism.
Peter did nothing to diminish that.

There is nothing bad about having a temper. It is however wrong to
lose it. Keep it and it gives energy and vitality.


James and John evidenced their flash point when an inhospitable
group rejected Christ socially and spiritually.

"And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said,
'Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven
and consume them, just as Elijah did?'" (Luke 9:54).

They wanted to call in the napalm and burn the city.

The spirit of Jesus is more expressed in Romans: "Therefore if
your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head" (Romans

In the Bible era fire was a valuable commodity. A spark fro ...

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