by Nelson Price

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Matthew 15: 40 and Luke 6:15

James the son of Alphaeus is the most obscure of the apostles. He
is the Don Rickles of the band. His is a life in the shadows. He is
the unknown apostle, BUT he was an apostle. If you heard a
certain person was an astronaut that went to the moon, but you
knew nothing else about him you would still know a lot. Much would
be known by the standards used to choose them, by their role and
responsibilities. So it is with James II.

The two references to him in Scripture simply note who his mother
and father were. That's it!

Family relations are a bit challenging but from cross referencing
names it appears this James was a brother of Matthew, a cousin to
James and John, and likewise a cousin of Jesus. He and Matthew
would be two of the three sets of brothers who were apostles. The
other brothers who were apostles were Peter and Andrew.

Alfred Adler, one of the founding fathers of modern psychiatry, says
that the desire to be significant is the strongest impulse in human
nature. Adler put it ahead of the sex drive which Sigmund Freud
put first. The drive to be somebody is a dominant desire.

James is proof there is room for us nobodies to serve Jesus.

The "fit" of James among the apostles is evidence you can't have
anything large without something small.

You can't have anything great without something less.

You can't have a book without chapters. You can't have chapters
without paragraphs. You can't have paragraphs without sentences.
You can't have sentences without words. You can't have words
without letters of the alphabet. The greater consists of the lesser.

You can't have a universe without a planet. You can't have a planet
without soil and\or sea. You can't have soil without grains of earth
and drops of water. You can't have earth and water without
molecules. You can't have molecules without atoms. You can't
have the greater without the le ...

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