And there were of John’s disciples who followed after Yeshua, Andrew Bar Jonas, the
brother of Simon; John Bar Zebedee, the brother of James; Philip of Bethsaida, the
son of Jabesh the fisherman; and James Ben Alpheus, the brother of Levi.
Brother of Simon; a quiet man who was devoted to finding God in his life. He left
his home in Capernaum to become a disciple of John the Baptizer. This left his brother
Simon very angry. Simon didn’t care anything about spirituality. As far as Simon
was concerned, God wasn’t going to make fish jump into his boat, only hard work could
do that. And if Andrew’s leaving wasn’t bad enough for Simon, John and James, the
sons of Zebedee and partners in their fishing endeavors went with Andrew to become
fellow disciples of John the Baptizer. When John the Baptizer proclaimed that Yeshua
of Nazareth was the Anointed One foretold of in scripture, Andrew rushed to become
his first disciple.
After Yeshua’s resurrection, Andrew preached throughout Syria and as far east as
Persia. He always returned to Jerusalem every few years, to give a progress report
to the other apostles. Andrew was martyred in 73 CE in Damascus, when he was set
upon by an angry mob.