Tuesday night we had our fourth and final Christmas. This one was for my immediate family.

At one point, I noticed one son harassing his brother. I called him by his first and middle name, and told him to knock it off! (It doesn’t matter if they are adults, I’m still the Mom.)

That verse in Proverbs is so true!

Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity!”

I can’t imagine why Jesus would have chosen brothers for disciples. Today we read the complete list of the disciples and I found four sets of brothers:

  1. Simon (Peter) and Andrew – Matthew 4:18; Mark 1:16.
  2. James and John, sons of Zebedee – Matthew 4:21; Mark 1:19; Luke 5:10.
  3. Levi (Matthew) and James, sons of Alphaeus – Mark 1:35, 3:18.
  4. Philip and Nathaniel – John 1:43-51.

Mark 3:18, “Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Zealot.” ESV

I cannot confirm that Philip and Nathaniel were brothers, but if they were not, they were best friends. Why else would Philip go find Nathaniel when he met Jesus. (Some friends are closer than brothers.)

Jesus appointed the disciples to send them out, Mark 3:14, and he sent them out two by two, Mark 6:7. Maybe that is why he called brothers because they would be going out in pairs.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for never sending us out alone. Thank you for the brothers and sisters who will walk along beside us. Help us to remember that we will be spending eternity with all of our brothers and sisters in every church. Thank you for a good year and guide us in the new year.


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