Simon the Zealot

11 05 2014
Matthew 10:4; Luke 6:15
Introduction- Within the small group of 12, there are 2 Simons. This Simon is known mainly by the right-wing, anti-Rome, and violent political party that is a tag-line to his name. The word “Canaanite” is not referring to a non-Jewish linage, but is the Aramaic word for the word “zealot”. He is very much Jewish, a patriot in the eyes of many. We have a saying, “when in Rome, do as the Romans”. Simon probably had the saying, “when in Rome, burn it down.” Jesus’ choosing this revolutionary has strong implications to the church. Simon may have chosen to follow, because Jesus Himself was a revolutionary.
 
The Zealots

1. Josephus (a Jewish historian) believes they were formed during the time of the Maccabees.
2. Their name and mission statement comes from 1 Maccabees 2:50, “Be ye zealous for the law, and give your life for the covenant of your fathers.”
3. They were enforcers of the law with Jews and fought a gorilla-type warfare with the Romans.
4. Many believe Barabbas (who was released when Jesus was    crucified: Mark 15:7) was a Zealot.
5. They defended Masada from the Roman army for 7 months.

Lessons to the church

1. Passion- is directed by knowledge, not wet towels

2. Personality- difficult to change, easy to judge, longs for acceptance
3. Pluralism- out of many we are one
4. Patriotism- love of country tempered by truth

 

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