Summary: James and John we know, but who’s their Daddy? Is he important or is he significant in any way?

Who’s Your Daddy?

Mark 1: 16 - 20

16And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." 18They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

19When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. 20And immediately He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after Him.

James and John we know, but who’s their Daddy?

Is he important or is he significant in any way?

Was he famous or what sort of man was this fellow called Zebedee?

We don’t really know a lot about the father of James and John.

We do know that his trade was that of fisherman.

We can assume he was a wealthy fisherman because he had servants.

We believe that they lived in either Capernaum or Bethsaida.

We know that his wife’s name was Salome. When she came to realize that her son’s where not going to take over the father’s fishing business, she went to Jesus and asked for favor for her sons. (Matt. 20:20)

In Hebrew tradition a name was very important, one was known as the son of one’s father. James and John where the sons of Zebedee.

Men today carry the last name of their father. I know what you are thinking. What about the unwed mother and the child that has her last name. Well that mother has had to become father and mother and the child carried her last name.

On father’s day there are some mothers that need to be honored and likewise on mother’s day there are some father’s that need to be honored.

The we know about James and Johns parents are the basis facts.

We know where they lived, what type of work they did, and maybe whether they where wealthy or poor.

But most of the time the only way we know about the parents character is through their children.

Some may say it doesn’t matter who your daddy is or was.

Jesus said if you have seen me, you have seen my Father.

I believe there are many things that we pass from one generation to the next. There are inner traits that we have that are not learned but passed on in our spirits.

So young ladies, if mother says stay away from him, maybe you better listen to what she has to say.

E. V. Hill once said a young man came to his door looking for his daughter and he sent him away. His daughter said, was that for me and he said No Baby that was not for you.

It is important who you choose to be the father of your children. This is why we must deal with generational cusses.

Even the courts today will recognize that if the father was a wife beater, then the son may be a wife beater. If the father abused alcohol and drugs, then the son may become an abuser.

Satan cannot create anything and he will use on you what worked with your daddy and your granddaddy and your great granddaddy.

You often sat and wonder where did you go wrong and maybe just maybe it was not you at all.

We live in a day when we must learn to pull down strongholds and break generational cruses.

We foremost must lead our families to God. Men have left this job to the women for much to long. We look around and see that the women outnumber the men two to one in Sunday School, Bible Study and Worship Service.

When we as men fail to assume our responsibilities, we leave women to assume a role they where not designed to fulfill.


If we are to be men after God’s own heart, we must begin to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.


There was a poem that I used to keep in my brief case when my son was young.

Walk A Little Plainer Daddy

Walk a little plainer daddy said a little boy so frail.

I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very plain.

Sometimes they are hard to see.

So walk a little plainer daddy, for you are leading me.

I know that once you walked this way many years ago.

And what you did along the way I’d really like to know.

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