The Tax Collector and the Zealot

This lesson looks at two apostles that probably would not have gotten along well with each other in Jesus’ day. Matthew was a tax collector, serving the Roman Empire and possibly extorting his brethren. Simon the Zealot was likely a member of a radical revolutionary group of Jews who sought to overthrow Rome by force. These two individuals had every reason to hate each other, yet Jesus called them both to be followers of Him. And we have every indication that they rededicated their skills, abilities, and zeal towards following Christ and building His church, thus working together by necessity.

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