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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bible Verse Sunday #8 and Glatorian of Bara Magna: Curse of the Grey Crystal

I've decided to take today's Bible verse from the passage we studied during the sermon, Mark 1:16-20:

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”[a] 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
The ESV Study Bible has this to say on theses verses:

"Mark 1:17 Jesus calls his disciples to be fishers of men, an assignment they will fulfill as they have continual fellowship with him and carry out the mission that Jesus gives them (3:14). Jesus’ words recall Jer. 16:15–17, where “fishers” and “hunters” of men will call people back from idols to God after judgment has occurred. This call happens in a context of purification (Jer. 16:17) and will include Gentiles (Jer. 16:19).
Mark 1:20 they left their father … with the hired servants. Several of Jesus’ first disciples were not poor but were self-employed fishermen or, as in this case (James and John), were part of a family business. Levi (2:14) was a fairly well-to-do tax collector."

Today at church we had a special guest speaker, Craig Blomberg. He talked about the above verses and was one of the people that Lee Strobel interviewed for The Case for Christ, which is a great book, by the way.

Also of significance today is the posting of the final chapter of my fan fiction, Glatorian of Bara Magna: Curse of the Grey Crystal. It is a Bioncleized parody of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. I don't plan on writing a sequel, for reasons discussed in the epilogue.