Wednesday, August 16 - Fishing For Resistance

Matthew 4:23-25

The valley around the Sea of Galilee is lush and green, and you can see the haze that hangs over this large lake in the middle of a desert (I've been there, and I stood on the side of the Decapolis, looking across to the other side). This scripture says that Jesus traveled around the kingdom, preaching the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and sickness among the people. His fame spread throughout Syria, and great crowds followed him. 

Knowing what we know now of the first disciples -- that they were rough and tumble fishermen, with calloused hands and peasant manners and low in the social sphere, what do you think they thought of this, and how did it feel for them to be an "insider" to this sort of celebrity?