Concordia Theological Monthly

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Studies in Discipleship

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calling of the disciples, discipleship, faith, grace

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


There is probably no balder piece of narrative in all literature than Matthew's account of the calling of the first four disciples (4:18-22). There is not an adjective in it, and only one adverb, and the style is so completely nondramatic that at least one scholar has spoken of its "casualness." But this sparse and lean simplicity of narrative is anything but an indication that the event here recorded is of minor or subordinate importance, for this same Matthew records the birth and the resurrection of Jesus in subordinate clauses and devotes to the act of the crucifixion a single participle. There are events so great that man dare not wrap them in his rawer breath, incidents so incisive in the history of God and man that the bare force of their having occurred blocks out rhetoric.


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 1:1-4:16; Matthew 9:1-11; Matthew 19:16-21; Matthew 5:12; Galatians 1:15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:7-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-16; Ephesians 3:2-8; John 15:16; Hosea 11:1; Revelation 14:1-5; Leviticus 21:11-12num 6:7;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars