Tuesday, 17 July 2007

One of the twelve

This past weekend I found out something terribly disappointing yes, terribly disappointing about myself. I really thought all my years of Bible study had taught me a thing or two. At the very least, I thought I knew most of the stories in the Bible fairly well, especially the New Testament ones.
And then we had a lay preacher doing the sermon, and his sermon was entitled "One of the Twelve." Talking about how Judas was one of them, but still betrayed his own friend. Judas wasn't a pariah. OK, he was a pariah at the end of the story, but during the story he was just a disciple. Very interesting. Makes you wonder if things might have been different if he hadn't become a disciple, right?
OK, so this is where I realized I don't really know my Bible. Who of you can name the disciples? Let me help you... tick the name of the person in this list that is NOT a disciple (but don't go and haul out your Bible now... that would be cheating). Do this from memory ok?

So, how many of you found the person straight away? I didn't... SHOCKING! OK, go and look at Matthew 10 v 2-4 for the list of who's who. I'll help you out. Mark is not a disciple. I never knew that! Seriously. Whenever someone asked me to list the disciples, I would go: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter... etc. Shocking.

Just goes to show that I really need to spend some more time studying my Bible. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Timothy 2 v 15 KJV I really need to do that again. Get my nose tucked into The Good Book and learn more for myself!


Amy D said...

I GUESSED Luke, but not because I thought it was the right answer. LOL. I figured if it was shocking, then it was either Matthew, Mark or Luke. We are supposed to continue learning, as we grow. We can never know all there is to know. There is so much I don't know about the bible, but I will continue to learn! I will continue to thirst for knowledge.

The only thing we NEED to know, is that Jesus died to save us from sins. He is our savior. Everything else is a bonus!

KarenO said...

Ok, I'm putting my hand up for not knowing it was Mark, shame on me! Thanks for this wake-up call :)

Alison Shiloh Wear said...

Boy, THAT's embarrassing! I went to seminary and required my students to memorize the list of disciples, and I STILL guessed wrong. Thanks for the reminder to spend some time in the Good Book, Char.

Kelly said...

oops. I guessed wrong, too.

wanttobeamom said...

Not to split hairs or anything, but Luke is not in the list of apostles either. You can remember the apostles because all of their names start with one of the letters from the word BAPTISM (given that the letter "I" in Hebrew is the same as the letter "J"). So, all of you who guessed Luke, you were correct too! =)

Carla said...

Since I just went through this with my 3rd grader while homeschooling him...and I still don't know...I'm not taking the test. ;)

and oooh...look at that BAPTISM! I bet I remember now! :) At least one day I might know as much as my 3rd grader does. ;)