Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.
I’ve always been fascinated by the list of the disciples and how each is named or described.
Simon, who is called Peter.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter.
James is the son of Zebedee, which means something to mention dear ol’ dad. Perhaps Zebedee was well known, at least around Galilee.
John, also a son of Zebedee, but it just mentions he is the brother of James.
Nothing notable is said about Philip.
It’s interesting that a Bartholomew is mentioned here and Nathaniel is not. I believe they are one and the same. Bar-Tholomew would actually mean the son of Tholemew, or as some scholars say the son of Talmai.
Thomas has nothing notable said about him here but Matthew is known as the tax collector.
Another James is identified by his father, Alphaeus.
Lebbaeus has the surname of Thaddaeus. Luke calls him Judas the son of James.
Another Simon is identified at a Cananite, not the race of people as the Canaanites but better understood as “the zealot”.
Finally, there is Judas Iscariot, the one that betrayed Jesus.
As a disciple of Christ, how do others know you?
Are you known as the Sunday School teacher or the Praise Leader?
Maybe you’re known as the pastor’s daughter.
If you have an office others may call you the pastor, a deacon, or elder of the church.
Heaven forbid you’re known as the gossiper or some kind of troublemaker.