It sometimes interesting to have a look at Jesus’ twelve disciples and what type of people he chose to help start the church.
Jesus himself was a tradesman, a carpenter. He knew what hard work was and what it required to help support his family.
Peter, Andrew, James and John were all small family business men. The family business was fishing. They owned their own boats and when Jesus called them they were busy either casting a net into the sea or mending their nets.
Next called was Phillip and Phillip went and found Nathaniel (also know as Bartholomew) and they both followed Jesus. We don't know what jobs they did before following Christ, but it seems Phillip may have known something food and perhaps being in charge of supplying the disciples food as Jesus asked him “where shall we buy bread, that these may eat. Philip estimated that 200 denarii worth of bread would not feed the crowd".
Likewise Judas Iscariot seem to be the groups treasurer and had control of the money box, maybe this was relevant to his prior occupation.
Matthew was a franchisee owner. He happened to own the government franchise on collecting tax - a very profitable business. In fact Matthew was busy collecting tax at his office at the very time Jesus called him.
Other disciples included, Thomas, James - son of Alphaeus, Lebbaeus (Thaddaeus), and Simon the Zealot we aren't given what there occupations were but one thing is clear from this list. Jesus was happy to be around small business owners, home based business owners and tradesman. Jesus was and is a friend of the working man and woman.
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