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Summary: This is the fill in the blank for the Bible study of James, Simon, & Judas not Iscariot from 12 Ordinary Men. See also notes from the Bible Study found in the series of sermons here.

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Note: This is a study from the book 12 Ordinary Men by John McArthur an excellent book. This is the fill in the blank outline from Adult Bible Fellowships of First Baptist Church Orion. This is not original but worth posting for study.

Twelve Ordinary Men

James, Simon, and Judas

I. James the Less or “Little James”

a. The New Testament only tells us four things about this man that are for certain: his name was _________, he

was the son of ______________ and _________, his nickname was the _______, and he was an _____________.

b. An interesting possibility: Mark 2:14 says that Levi (_______________) was also the son of Alphaeus. It is

possible that the ____________ brothers and the _________ brothers were joined by the Alphaeus brothers.

c. Another interesting possibility: By comparing Mark 15:40 with John 19:25, it appears that Mary, the wife of

Clopas and mother of James the less, was the sister of Mary the mother Jesus. This would make James the less

one of Jesus ____________.

Early church history is mostly silent about this man named James. Some of the earliest legends about him

confuse him with James the brother of the Lord. There is some evidence that James the Less took the

gospel to Syria and Persia. Accounts of his death differ. Some say he was stoned; others say he was beaten

to death; still others say he was crucified like his Lord.

In any case, we can be certain that he became a powerful preacher like the others. He surely performed “the

signs of an apostle… in signs and wonders and mighty deeds” (2 Corinthians 12:12). And his name will be

inscribed on one of the gates of the heavenly city.

II. Simon the Zealot

a. Simon was apparently at one time a member of the _____________ party known as the Zealots.

b. The historian Josephus described four basic parties of the Jews at that time. The __________ were the

religious fundamentalists of their time. The ______________ were the religious liberals who denied the

resurrection. The Essenes are not mentioned in Scripture but were very much like medieval monks. The Zealots

hated the __________ and advanced their agenda primarily through ______________ and ______________.

c. When Jesus sent the disciples out two by two in Mark 6:7, it is likely that Simon and Judas Iscariot were a

________. They probably both originally followed Christ for similar ______________ reasons. But Simon became

a genuine ____________ and was transformed. Judas never believed.

d. One of the sorest spots with Zealots was the issue of ___________. Yet Simon learned to serve alongside

Matthew the ______________.

Several early sources say that after the destruction of Jerusalem, Simon took the gospel north and preached

in the British Isles. All accounts say he was killed for preaching the gospel. This man who was once willing

to kill or be killed for a political agenda within the confines of Judea found a more fruitful cause for which

to give his life – in the proclamation of salvation for sinners out of every nation, tongue, and tribe.

III. Judas, son of James


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