Andrew of Bethsaida

Andrew (Hebrew: Geber haBeth-tzaidiGreek: Andreas tis Bēthsaidaswas born c. AD 8 (3768–3769 in the Hebrew calendar) in the Roman district of Gaulanitis. He was the brother of Simon Peter, and the two of them partnered in a fishing business on the Sea of Galilee. Their hometown was Bethsaida (cf. John 1:44). Andrew was the very first apostle that Jesus called. His name (G406) is undoubtedly Greek, deriving from the noun andros (G435, "masculine"). The scriptures do not give Andrew a Hebrew name, either in translation or as an alternative. However, Geber (H1397, "man") is a possibility. Before Jesus called him, Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist (cf. John 1:35-40).


Bringing People to Jesus

The ​four gospel writers do not tell us much about Andrew. However, when they do mention him, Andrew is always bringing people to meet Jesus. Perhaps this is to continue the "fishing for people" theme from when Jesus first called him (cf. Matt. 4:17-19; Mark 1:15-17). When Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000, it was Andrew who drew his attention to the boy with the fishes and loaves of bread (cf. John 6:5-9). Again, it was Andrew who introduced some Greek pilgrims to Jesus during the Passover festival leading to his crucifixion (cf. John 12:20-22). In his gospel account, Mark took the theme of Andrew introducing people to Jesus and made it eschatological. This is apparent when Jesus foretells the destruction of the Jerusalem temple, which happened in AD 70. The other three gospel writers did not mention Andrew in their "Olivet discourse" passages. Just as Andrew was present when Jesus told the Greek men about the kingdom of heaven arriving as a grain of wheat (cf. John 12:23-24), he was also present when Jesus spoke of it in more violent imagery (cf. Mark 13:3-8). Simply put, Andrew invites us to meet Jesus in the same way he introduced his brother Simon Peter, the little boy with the loaves and fishes, and the Greek pilgrims. This invitation is for now and also for us to keep watch for Jesus' return at the world's end. 


Blessed are you, LORD our God, King of the universe, you gave such grace to your apostle Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


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