Tuesday, August 15 - Fishing For Resistance

Matthew 4:18-22

As we see from the introduction, Jesus called these men out of more than a few systems. First, their immediate family dynamic was interrupted. John and James, the scripture makes a point to say, left their boat and their father. Second, they left the guild -- a kin-based economic system (similar to a fisherman's union) that was a larger part of empire rule. And third, they left a sphere of social class as the working peasantry to go and become the student of a rabbi. 

What sort of things do you think they were feeling? What do you think people said about them? How did their families feel? And how do you think these first four disciples justified their decisions to themselves? Do you think they ever doubted their radical behavior?