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Simon (Simon the Zealot)
Luke6:15--"...and Matthew and Thomas and James the son of Alphaeus and Simon who was called the Zealot..."
Simon's dominant spiritual attribute is ZEAL.
Simon the Zealot, had been of the Zealot sect, a rebel party, heirs to the fighting spirit of the Maccabees. They looked upon taxation as slavery, and though their purpose was a righteous one since they wanted no other rule but God, they had not learned the folly of using their zeal in the unrighteous way of violence. Simon, who represents the fiery zealot with a Cause, did finally become gentle and loving through his associations with Jesus and the other Disciples, and he made the ministry his life's dedicated work.
Simon was present at the Last Supper and also at Pentecost. Because of his nature, he always believed that Jesus had come to establish a kingdom on earth, and like others, he was sure that Jesus would eventually overthrow the Roman rule.
Simon was reported to have gone as a missionary to Babylon and the Black Sea area after Pentecost, and he finished his lifework in the land known as Great Britain.
SIMON THE ZEALOT or PATRIOT
Simon is referred to both as the "Cananaean" and the "Zealot". One tradition is that he first preached in Egypt, before joining Jude and travelling to Persia, where both were martyred. Simon may have been crucified or hacked to death.
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