Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Thompson and Thomson. Peter and John.

I try to give my posts curiosity-arousing titles, and I don’t know what ideas this one put in your head. I was aiming for the concept of pairs of people who are always together, in case you were wondering (who knows whether Peter and John dressed alike?). It’s been a while since I read either  Alice in Wonderland or Tintin, so forgive me if I was off-base. 🙂

Simon Peter and John

These two apostles often appear together. Both were fishermen on the Sea of Galilee prior to becoming Jesus’ disciples (Mark 1:16-20). Along with John’s brother James they formed the innermost ring of the Twelve and got to see and experience stuff the others didn’t (the raising of Jairus’ daughter, Mark 537; the transfiguration, Mark 9:2; the Olivet discourse, Mark 13:3; Jesus’ agony in Gethsemane, Mark 14:33).

Peter and John are sent to make preparations for Passover (Luke 22:8). When Mary Magdalene reports that Jesus’ tomb was empty, Peter and John run there together (John 20:1-9). When he recognises the stranger on the beach, John says to Peter, “It is the Lord!” (John 21:7). Peter, on learning his future, wanted to know John’s as well (John 21:20-21).

After Pentecost, Peter and John are together when the cripple at Beautiful Gate was healed (Acts 3:1-11). They were both subsequently hauled before the Sanhedrin and imprisoned (Acts 4:1-22). When the Jerusalem church heard that the Samaritans had accepted the word of God, Peter and John were dispatched to check on the situation (Acts 8:14-25).

Andrew and Philip

The evidence for these two being inseparable is much thinner, I admit. They shared a hometown (Bethsaida, John 1:44). At the feeding of the 5,000 as recorded in John’s gospel both Philip and Andrew get involved in discussing where to buy bread to feed the crowd (John 6:5-9). And when some Greeks came to Philip with a request to see Jesus, he went to tell Andrew and both went to Jesus (John 12:20-22).

So what?

Nothing. No deep thought today. Have a nice day!

Source for the Simon-John connection: Undesigned Coincidences by James Blunt

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