33 Jesus selects twelve apostles out of his group of followers.

Mark 3:13–19; Luke 6:12–16

What purpose did Jesus have in selecting twelve men and taking them to the mountain (Mark 3:13)?

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What criteria did Jesus use in choosing twelve apostles (Mark 3:14–15)?

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How much time might Jesus have spent with the twelve (Mark 3:13–15)?

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What do you think Jesus told his disciples (Mark 3:13–15)?

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How might the disciples have felt about being called to “preach, heal diseases, and have authority over evil spirits” (Mark 3:14–15)?

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When might Judas Iscariot have become a follower of Jesus (Luke 6:14–16)?

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Why does Mark have a list of names different from Luke (Mark 3:16–19; Luke 6:14–16)?

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One day, Jesus went up on a mountain and spent the whole night praying to God.

Eyewitness

Mark 3:13 One day, Jesus went up on a mountain and called those he wanted to be with him.
Luke 6:12 One day, Jesus went up on a mountain and spent the whole night praying to God.
King James

Mark 3:13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

The next morning, he invited his followers and chose twelve men, whom he named his special messengers, to stay with him. He wanted to send them out to preach, heal diseases, and have authority over evil spirits.

Eyewitness

Mark 3:13–15 One day, Jesus went up on a mountain and called those he wanted to be with him. He chose twelve men, whom he named his special messengers, to stay with him. He wanted to send them out to preach, heal diseases, and have authority over evil spirits.
Luke 6:13 The next morning, he invited his followers and chose twelve men, whom he named his special messengers, to stay with him.
King James

Mark 3:13–15 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

They were Simon, whom he named Peter, with his brother Andrew, and James with his brother John, sons of Zebedee, whom he called Boanerges, meaning Sons of Thunder. The others were Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Thaddaeus, who was also called Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Eyewitness

Mark 3:16–19 They were Simon, whom he named Peter, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were given the name Boanerges, meaning Sons of Thunder. There were Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Thaddaeus, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Luke 6:14–16 They were Simon, whom he named Peter, his brother Andrew, and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
King James

Mark 3:16–19 And Simon he surnamed Peter; And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.
Luke 6:14–16 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.