Part of the reason for this narrative is to show how John gave way to Jesus
John the apostle may have seen some of the followers of John
the Baptist in
The verbs show John “was there” or “standing” while Jesus was passing by.
John’s verbs are perfect tense while Jesus re present tense.
“followed” has double meaning:
1) they followed that day
2) they followed him the rest of their lives
“What do you want?”
“Where are you staying?”
Jesus gives an invitation with a promise “Come and you will see.”
They stayed until 4:00 pm
Andrew proclaims Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One.
Andrew appears two more times in the book of John:
1) 6:4-9, “Here is a boy.”
2) 12:20-22 – Greeks come to Philip to request to see Jesus. Philip takes them Andrew who then went to Jesus.
Simon was called Cephas (“rock” in Aramaic). The Greek word for rock is Peter. Simon was probably a Greek form of his Hebrew name Simeon.
Nazareth had a poor reputation and was insignificant in prophecy.
Major cities of prophecy would be Jerusalem, Bethlehem, etc.
“true Israelite” would indicate one with the faith of Abraham.
“nothing false” is ”doloV” and means deceitful