Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee…
A good deal may be made out of a list of names, but it depends on whose names they are. There is a BOOK which has nothing in it but names — that book would interest the universe — "the Lamb's book of life." We may look on the men —
1. They are selected, chosen, set apart by Christ as apostles. The marvellous results which have flowed from this selection. Their story has moved the world. The world persecuted them, but now falls at their feet.
2. The little power naturally there would seem to have been in these men to have produced any great results. Men of no rank. If the work had not been of God, it could not have been done.
3. There is the list complete. Twelve men are selected, yet few of them stand out in full length in the history. Every true worker God observes.
4. The name may be in the list of the apostles, but the man may not be there. Judas in the list, he not there.
II. PERSONALLY. We may read it as a list of persons in the Church.
1. The gospel embraces persons of different tempers and tastes, yet all part of one Church.
2. How the good cause may be advanced by relationship. Here are three pairs of brothers in the list.
3. That a catalogue might be made out of a church book of those whose previous lives had been rather questionable.
4. How we can understand the Christian mellowing with age, the better nature grows and is perfected.
Parallel VersesKJV: Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;