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Simon -- The Zealous Disciple (11 of 15)
TWELVE WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Matthew 10:4 -- Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Mark 3:18 -- Andrew; Philip and Bartholomew; Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot
Luke 6:15 -- Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot
I. THE PERSON OF SIMON
A. The third disciple of the three most obscure disciples is Simon Zelotes or Simon the Zealot.
1. Simon can be said to be the most obscure of the disciples since the only thing weknow about him comes from his name.
2. There are no comments made by Simon or of Simon in the scripture.
3. It is better to have nothing or little said about us rather than having bad things said about us.
4. Being in the spotlight can bring glory, but it also magnifies one's shortcomings as well.
5. If God's providence keeps you out of the spotlight, you shouldn't complain for God is actually doing you a favor!
II. THE POLITICS OF SIMON
A. His Party
1. Simon was apparently at one time a member of the political party known as the Zealots.
2. The fact that he bore the title all of his life may also suggest that he had a fiery zealous temperament.
3. This term in Jesus' day signified a well known and widely feared outlaw political sect and Simon had apparently been a member of that sect.
B. His Politics
1. The historian Josephus described four basic parties among the Jews of that time.
2. The Pharisees were fastidious about the law; they were the religious fundamentalists of that time.
3. The Sadducees were religious liberals, denying the resurrection and the supernatural.
4. The Essenes are not mentioned in scripture at all, but both Josephus and Philo described them as Ascetics and celibates who lived in the desert and devoted their lives to the study o ...
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