Sunday, May 13, 2007

Why 12 Male Apostles?

Many think that one of the biggest arguments AGAINST women apostles was the fact that Jesus never picked one.
In order to read symbology anywhere in Scripture one needs to have some reference points IN Scripture, not just in ones imagination. There is no indication that the reason God choose only males for the original 12 was because He preferred men over women. God also choose men from a particular region, all Jews, all single (except Peter) . Likely there were other similarities too. So do we conclude that God prefers Jews over all other nations and people? No, they were the people that God created through the seed of Abraham in order to lay the foundations of truth for the rest of the world. Do we say that God prefers the unmarried? No. Do we say that only people from that region could be called to serve God as apostles. No. Scripture does not verify those ideas any more than it verifies the idea that God chose 12 men because God prefers using men instead of women.

But Scripture does give an indication of what the true symbology should be in what He did choosing 12 Hebrew men for His first apostles. They represented the 12 tribes of Israel. Tribes were always represented by the patriarchs they sprang from. Thus the 12, though not the original patriarchs for the tribes, represented them spiritually in the New Covenant.

Revelation 21:14
Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Revelation 21:12
Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:


Lin said...

I like you site. However, we know that Peter was married. His mother in law is mentioned in scripture. We do not know if his wife was living or not.

Just A Berean said...

Thank you for that observation. I'll have to correct that.

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