In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. Luke 6:12-16
When we think about Jesus disciples we usually just think about the twelve mentioned in today’s verses but Luke tells us that there were more than just twelve and that Jesus singled out the twelve to be apostles. The word used in the New Testament is ἀπόστολος (apóstolos), meaning one who is sent away and sometimes messenger is used as a synonym. After the resurrection Jesus would send the apostles out into the world to spread the Gospel. Jesus also sent them out during His ministry to preach to the Jews in Palestine.
Jesus would go on to personally instruct the twelve in the Gospel so that they would be able to go out into the world and continue Jesus’ ministry. I have a hard time imagining how special it would feel to sit at Jesus feet and be taught by Him. Yet even though we cannot literally sit at Jesus’ feet and be taught by Him, He has through the apostles and the New Testament sent His word down to the centuries to each of us.
When you hold the Bible in your hands you are getting ready to sit at the feet of God and hear what He wants to teach you. These lessons do not stop with a single reading but continue with each successive reading. I believe I could read the Bible a thousand times and when I had finished the thousandth reading I would still find something new in God’s word. Not because His Word changed but because I had changed and was ready to absorb additional knowledge. The more I learn the more I am able to learn.
That is why I always encourage every Christian to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. And then do it again. In fact every time I write one of these essays I find some new insight I had not noticed before. I would be willing to bet that if I started writing all over again what I write about each verse would be slightly different. That is the beauty of God’s Word. You can learn all you need for salvation in a single reading but as you mature God reveals more to you each time. The words never change but we do.
Have a blessed day,
I have not said this recently but something I read yesterday brought it to mind. Whatever I write in these essays are my words not God’s and everything I write needs to be vouched by God’s word. If I write something that does not jibe with God’s word please let me know immediately so I can correct my error. Only God’s word is inerrant. Mine is not.
Thanks again for all your encouragement and taking time to read what I write.