15 and Simon who was called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Simon-according to MacArthur
With his affiliation and label of "Zealot" it would have been so surprising that Jesus would have called him to have such a intimate connection. And yet, Jesus does.
It's amazing, isn't it, that Jesus would pick a man like this, a terrorist, a man of fierce loyalties, a man of amazing passion, courage and zeal, narrow for sure, enthusiastic to a fault, a man of action, loyal, savage. The Lord chose him. J.G. Greenhow(?) writes, "Were men divided from each other by a wide, deep gulf of thought and feeling and even of impassion and hatred, yet the Publican and the Zealot clasped hands," referring to Matthew and Simon, "and they joined hearts at Jesus' feet. In the furnace of His love these opposites were welded together. It was a picture and prediction on a small scale of what would come to pass in the greater church, where walls of partition were to be broken down, where national antipathies were to be crucified and buried with Christ and rise again transfigured into the glory of the uniting faith and charity and where there were to be neither Jew nor Greek, barbarian, Scythian, bond or free but Christ all and in all." Beautifully said.
Judas, the son of James
Is it just me or does the repetition of names kind of make it confusing? It kind of reminds me of when you have an episode of Survivor and there are 18 people and 2 or more have the same name...I mean really, you couldn't have chosen SOME ONE else to be on that particular season so that it isn't so confusing....maybe it's just me. :)
Anyway, MacArthur has this to say about THIS Judas:
Check out MacArthur's other thoughts on Judas:
Did Judas Repent?
Jesus and Judas
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 6:17-19