Jesus Disciples Jobs
Jesus Disciples' Jobs - What were the disciples' professions?
Jesus’ disciples had jobs that described them as ordinary men of the day. Several were fisherman and one was a tax collector. One was a political zealot. None of them were theologians! They were prone to mistakes, faults, misstatements, and lapses in faith. In a sense, these men were remarkably unremarkable!
Yet, as they learned from Jesus, listened to Him pray, and watched Him interact with sinners, they became a powerful force. They helped change the world forever! In fact, their ministry continues in the world today as we read the words they recorded in the Bible.
Jesus Disciples' Jobs – What were their occupations?
Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. And, like Peter, he was the son of Joanna and Jona. Andrew was also a fishermen on the Sea of Galilee, just like his brother, Peter, and like their father before them.
Four disciples, Andrew, Peter, James and John were fishermen prior to being called by Jesus to follow Him.
As we see in John’s biography of Jesus, Andrew was the first disciple to follow Jesus (John 1:35-42).
“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!’
“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.
“When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him” (Mark 1:14-20).
Simon, called the zealot, is referred to in Luke 6:15, “Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot…”
Matthew was a tax collector, as we read in Matthew 9:9-13:
“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and ‘sinners’ came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and “sinners”?’
“On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’"
Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, James, Judas, Simon, and Judas occupation is unknown. Perhaps they were tradesmen of some sort.
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