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Comrades in Arms

Overall Question:  How did Jesus' relationship with His disciples help to continue Satan's defeat in the Great Controversy?

Memory Text: Luke 24:32 Common English Bible They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”


Sunday – The Call of Peter

Luke 5:6-8 International Standard Version 6 After the men had done this, they caught so many fish that the nets began to tear. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats until the boats began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees and said, “Leave me, Lord! I am a sinful man!”

Luke 5:6 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Peter and Andrew were in danger of losing their great catch of fish. The fact that the net began to break implies that this catch of fish was unusual at any time, particularly by day. Here was evidence of divine power that could not be questioned, evidence that would impress other fishermen along the shore.

Luke 5:11 International Standard Version So when they brought the boats to shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.

Luke 5:11 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES It was not much that they left -- a couple of small boats and their nets; but it was all they had, even all their living. But this showed their love of Jesus, and their willingness to deny themselves, as really as if they had forsaken palaces and gold. All that Jesus asks is that we should leave all we have for him; that we should love him more than we do whatever friends or property we may possess, and be willing to give them all up when he requires it.


Monday – With Him

Mark 3:14 God’s Word to the Nations “He appointed twelve whom he called apostles. They were to accompany him and to be sent out by him to spread the Good News.”

Mark 3:14 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Be with him. That is, be His disciples, or learners in His school and assist Him in His work. It is apparent from v. 13 that there were other “disciples” whom He did not, at least upon this occasion, appoint and ordain to be “apostles”. As “disciples” men came to Christ that they might learn of Him; He sent them forth, as “apostles,” to teach others…here and in v. 15 the two major aspects of Christ’s personal ministry are given as objectives of the ministry of the Twelve also: preaching, for the cure of the soul; and healing, for the cure of the body. Jesus Himself devoted more time to ministering to the physical needs of humanity than to preaching, and the Twelve doubtless followed His example.


Tuesday – Jesus’ Dominion Over Nature

Matthew 8:23-27 The Living Bible 23 Then he got into a boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly a terrible storm came up, with waves higher than the boat. But Jesus was asleep. 25 The disciples went to him and wakened him, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re sinking!” 26 But Jesus answered, “O you men of little faith! Why are you so frightened?” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and waves, and the storm subsided and all was calm. 27 The disciples just sat there, awed! “Who is this,” they asked themselves, “that even the winds and the sea obey him?”

Matthew 8:24 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY The Lake of Galilee is noted for sudden storms of great intensity. In this instance the winds came sweeping wildly down upon the waters of the lake fom the mountain gorges along the eastern shore. However, the evening had been calm, and the disciples had probably not anticipated stormy weather.

Matthew 8:24 COMMENTARY BY ADAM CLARKE [Arose a great tempest in the sea]  Probably excited by Satan, the prince of the power of the air, who, having got the author and all the preachers of the Gospel together in a small vessel, thought by drowning it, to defeat the purposes of God, and thus to prevent the salvation of a ruined world.  What a noble opportunity must this have appeared to the enemy of the human race!

Matthew 8:26 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Though the disciples had seen many wonderful evidences of divine power, it seems that prior to this time Jesus had displayed no control over the forces of nature, and it might not have occurred to them that He could do so.

Matthew 8:27 COMMENTARY BY ALBERT BARNES No scene could have been more grand than this display of the power of Jesus. The darkness; the dashing waves; the howling winds; the heaving and tossing ship; the fears and cries of the seamen; all by a single word hushed into calm repose; all present an image of power and divinity irresistibly grand and awful.

Mark 4:35-41 Good News Translation 35 On the evening of that same day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they left the crowd; the disciples got into the boat in which Jesus was already sitting, and they took him with them. Other boats were there too. 37 Suddenly a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water. 38 Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up and said, “Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?” 39 Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!” and he said to the waves, “Be still!” The wind died down, and there was a great calm. 40 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?” 41 But they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Luke 8:22-25 Contemporary English Version 22 One day, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat, and he said, “Let’s cross the lake.” They started out, 23 and while they were sailing across, he went to sleep. Suddenly a windstorm struck the lake, and the boat started sinking. They were in danger. 24 So they went to Jesus and woke him up, “Master, Master! We are about to drown!” Jesus got up and ordered the wind and waves to stop. They obeyed, and everything was calm. 25 Then Jesus asked the disciples, “Don’t you have any faith?” But they were frightened and amazed. They said to each other, “Who is this? He can give orders to the wind and the waves, and they obey him!”

Ellen White, Desire of Ages, p. 335 – The storm ceases. The billows sink to rest. The clouds roll away, and the stars shine forth. The boat rests upon a quiet sea. Then turning to His disciples, Jesus asks sorrowfully, "Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith?" Mark 4:40, R.V.

A hush fell upon the disciples. Even Peter did not attempt to express the awe that filled his heart. The boats that had set out to accompany Jesus had been in the same peril with that of the disciples. Terror and despair had seized their occupants; but the command of Jesus brought quiet to the scene of tumult. The fury of the storm had driven the boats into close proximity, and all on board beheld the miracle. In the calm that followed, fear was forgotten. The people whispered among themselves, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"


Wednesday – Who Is the Greatest?

Mark 9:33-37 New Century Version 33 Jesus and his followers went to Capernaum. When they went into a house there, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But the followers did not answer, because their argument on the road was about which one of them was the greatest. 35 Jesus sat down and called the twelve apostles to him. He said, “Whoever wants to be the most important must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then Jesus took a small child and had him stand among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said, 37 “Whoever accepts a child like this in my name accepts me. And whoever accepts me accepts the One who sent me.”

Mark 9:35 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Here Jesus comes to the heart of the problem—each of the Twelve desired to be “first” in the kingdom they all soon expected the Lord to establish (see on Matt. 18:1). They forgot that true greatness involves the renunciation of greatness as an objective in life. The moment a man sets out to be great he gives evidence of littleness of soul.

Mark 9:35 COMMENTARY THE FOURFOLD GOSPEL The spirit which proudly seeks to be first in place thereby consents to make itself last in character, for it reverses the graces of the soul, turning love into envy, humility into pride, generosity into selfishness, etc.

Ellen White, The Sanctified Life, p. 56 - What a precious lesson is this for all the followers of Christ! Those who overlook the life duties lying directly in their pathway, who neglect mercy and kindness, courtesy and love, to even a little child, are neglecting Christ. John felt the force of this lesson and profited by it.


Thursday – Divine Encounter With the Word

Luke 24:19-35 Common English Bible 19 He said to them, “What things?” They said to him, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth. Because of his powerful deeds and words, he was recognized by God and all the people as a prophet. 20 But our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the one who would redeem Israel. All these things happened three days ago. 22 But there’s more: Some women from our group have left us stunned. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 and didn’t find his body. They came to us saying that they had even seen a vision of angels who told them he is alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women said. They didn’t see him.” 25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! Your dull minds keep you from believing all that the prophets talked about. 26  Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then he interpreted for them the things written about himself in all the scriptures, starting with Moses and going through all the Prophets. 28 When they came to Emmaus, he acted as if he was going on ahead. 29 But they urged him, saying, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?” 33 They got up right then and returned to Jerusalem. They found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying to each other, “The Lord really has risen! He appeared to Simon!” 35 Then the two disciples described what had happened along the road and how Jesus was made known to them as he broke the bread.

Luke 24:32 SDA BIBLE COMMENTARY Spiritual illumination had been penetrating the darkness of their souls while they listened with rapt attention to Jesus unfolding the Scriptures. Now they realized what had happened to them. The gloom was gone. The presence of Christ had illuminated their humble home, and glorious truths He had unfolded to them dispelled the shadows of doubt and uncertainty that had fallen across their minds. They probably thought to themselves that this stranger had spoken as Jesus would have, had He been still alive and with them. The heart experience of these two disciples will be the experience of those who listen intently to the voice of Heaven speaking to their hearts through the Sacred Word.

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