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Lesson # Mark 3:18a
Study Material - Mark 3:18a
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18 And [kai] Andrew [Andreas] , and [kai] Philip [Philippos] , and [kai] Bartholomew [Bartholomaios] , and [kai] Matthew [Matthaios] , and [kai] Thomas [Thomas] , and [kai] James [Iakobos] the son [ho] of Alphaeus [Alphaios] , and [kai] Thaddaeus [Thaddaios] , and [kai] Simon [Simon] the Canaanite [Kananites] , KJV-Interlinear
18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot; NAS
Andrew is the fourth of the Apostles listed in this chapter. The following is a brief summary of his life and again should clearly indicate that Andrew was just another guy whose difference was in his intense interest in God and the scriptures. He is no different than you or I, in that we share an intense interest in God, Christ, and the scriptures as well. Gods had a purpose for Andrew. God has a purpose for each one of us. None of us is either greater or lessor than anyone else who has ever lived. The only difference in people is the content of doctrine in their respective souls, which is something that will continue into eternity. Ones IQ, talent, looks and so forth, that we have come to know and relate to in this current life, will all pass away and are really for nothing in the grand scheme of things. Your knowledge of doctrine is what really matters.
This article is from a combination of articles in the following references: International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, and Nelson's Bible Dictionary
'ANDREW (an'-droo) (Andreas, i.e. 'manly.' The name has also been interpreted as 'the mighty one, or conqueror'): Andrew was the first called of the Twelve Apostles.
In New Testament. - Andrew belonged to Bethsaida of Galilee (compare John 1:44). He was the brother of Simon Peter and his father's name was John (compare John 1:42; 21:15-17). He occupies a more prominent place in the Gospel of John than in the synoptical writings, and this is explicable at least in part from the fact that Andrew was Greek both in language and sympathies (compare infra), and that his subsequent labors were intimately connected with the people for whom Jn was immediately writing.
There are three stages in the call of Andrew to the apostleship. The first is described in John 1:35-40. Andrew had spent his earlier years as a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee, but on learning of the fame of John the Baptist, he departed along with a band of his countrymen to Bethabara 'Bethany' beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing (John 1:28). There Andrew learned for the first time of the greatness of the 'Lamb of God' and 'followed him' (John 1:40). He was the means at this time of bringing his brother Simon Peter also to Christ (John 1:41). Andrew was probably a companion of Jesus on his return journey to Galilee, and was thus present at the marriage in Cana of Galilee (John 2:2), in Capernaum (John 2:12), at the Passover in Jerusalem (John 2:13), at the baptizing in Judaea (John 3:22), where he himself may have taken part (compare John 4:2), and in Samaria (John 4:5).
On his return to Galilee, Andrew resumed for a time his old vocation as fisherman, till he received his second call. This happened after John the Baptist was cast into prison (compare Mark 1:14; Matt 4:12) and is described in Mark 1:16-18; Matt 4:18-19. The two accounts are practically identical, and tell how Andrew and his brother were now called on definitely to forsake their mundane occupations and become fishers of men (Mark 1:17). The corresponding narrative of Luke varies in part; it does not mention Andrew by name, and gives the additional detail of the miraculous draught of fishes. By some it has been regarded as an amalgamation of Mark's account with John 21:1-8. After a period of companionship with Jesus, during which, in the house of Simon and Andrew, Simon's wife's mother was healed of a fever (Mark 1:29-31; compare Matt 8:14-15; Luke 4:38-39); the call of Andrew was finally consecrated by his election as one of the Twelve Apostles (Matt 10:2; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14; Acts 1:13).
3. Subsequent History: Further incidents recorded of Andrew are: At the feeding of the five thousand by the Sea of Galilee, the attention of Jesus was drawn by Andrew to the lad with five sequent barley loaves and two fishes (John 6 History 8,9). At the feast of the Passover, the Greeks who wished to 'see Jesus' inquired of Philip, who turned for advice to Andrew, and the two then told Jesus (John 12:20-36). On the Mount of Olives, Andrew along with Peter, James and John, questioned Jesus regarding the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world (Mark 13:3-23; compare also Matt 24:3-28; Luke 21:5-24).
III. Character. - There is something significant in Andrew's being the first called of the apostles. The choice was an important one, for upon the lead given by Andrew depended the action of the others. Christ perceived that the soul's unrest, the straining after higher things and a deeper knowledge of God, which had induced Andrew to make the pilgrimage to Bethany, gave promise of a rich spiritual growth, which no doubt influenced Him in His decision. His wisdom and insight were justified of the after event. Along with a keenness of perception regarding spiritual truths was coupled in Andrew a strong sense of personal conviction which enabled him not only to accept Jesus as the Messiah, but to win Peter also as a disciple of Christ. The incident of the Feeding of the Five Thousand displayed Andrew in a fresh aspect: there the practical part which he played formed a striking contrast to the feeble-mindedness of Philip. Both these traits-his missionary spirit, and his decision of character which made others appeal to him when in difficulties-were evinced at the time when the Greeks sought to interview Jesus. Andrew was not one of the greatest of the apostles, yet he is typical of those men of broad sympathies and sound common sense, without whom the success of any great movement cannot be assured.'
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