The apostles learned from Jesus about the kingdom of heaven, and Jesus learned much from them about the kingdom of men.
◦Do not make the mistake of regarding the apostles as being altogether ignorant and unlearned. All of them, except the Alpheus twins (James & John), were graduates of the synagogue schools, having been thoroughly trained in the Hebrew scriptures and in much of the current knowledge of that day.
Andrew was born in 5 BC and died at 60 AD. Total of 64 Years.
◦Andrew means “Manly” or “Courageous”
◦Andrew was born in Capernaum. He was the oldest child in a family of five — himself, his brother Simon, and three sisters. His father, now dead, had been a partner of Zebedee in the fish-drying business at Bethsaida, the fishing harbour of Capernaum. When he became an apostle, Andrew was unmarried but made his home with his married brother, Simon Peter. Both were fishermen and partners of James and John the sons of Zebedee.
◦In A.D. 26, the year he was chosen as an apostle, Andrew was 33, a full year older than Jesus and the oldest of the apostles. Excepting oratory, he was the peer of his associates in almost every imaginable ability.
◦Andrew was a good organizer but a better administrator. He was one of the inner circle of four apostles, but his appointment by Jesus as the head of the remaining group made it necessary for him to remain on duty with his brethren while the other three enjoyed very close communion with the Master.
◦Mark – 13:3 – As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately, Andrew was there with the Core team of Jesus Christ with three disciples. But He was always humble.
◦Although Andrew was never an effective preacher, he was an efficient personal worker, being the pioneer missionary of the kingdom in that, as the first chosen apostle, he immediately brought to Jesus his brother, Simon, who subsequently became one of the greatest preachers of the kingdom. Andrew was the chief supporter of Jesus’ policy of utilizing the program of personal work as a means of training the twelve as messengers of the kingdom.
◦John 12:20-22 – 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
◦Andrew had a great gift for discovering the hidden resources and latent talents of young people. 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:8-9
◦Andrew was a man of clear insight, logical thought, and firm decision, whose great strength of character consisted in his superb stability.
◦John 1:40-42 40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
◦Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
◦Andrew journeyed through Armenia, Asia Minor, and Macedonia and, after bringing many thousands into the kingdom, was finally apprehended and crucified in Patrae in Achaia. It was two full days before this robust man expired on the cross, and throughout these tragic hours he continued effectively to proclaim the glad tidings of the salvation of the kingdom of heaven.
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