BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- To see that Salome was Mary’s sister, compare Matthew 27:56 (“the mother of Zebedee’s sons”), Mark 15:40 (“Salome”), and John 19:25 (“his mother’s sister”).
- Luke 1:36 – Now listen to this: You know that Elizabeth, your relative, is very old, but she is already pregnant with a son. The woman who could not have a baby has been pregnant for six months!
- Luke 1:26-31 – During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a virgin who lived in a town named Nazareth, in Galilee. The virgin girl was engaged to marry a man named Joseph, from the family of David. Her name was Mary. 28The angel came to her and said, “Hello. The Lord God is with you. He has blessed you.” 29But Mary was very disturbed about what the angel said. She wondered, “What does this mean?” 30The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, because God has blessed you. 31Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. And, you will name him Jesus.
- Luke 2:1, 5 – About that time, Augustus Caesara sent out an order to everyone in the empire that everyone must register…5Joseph registered with Mary, because she was engaged to marry him. (Mary was now pregnant.)c
- Luke 2:7 – She gave birth to her first son and wrapped him in cloths. There were no rooms left in the hotel. So, she laid the baby in a box where livestock are fed.
- Matthew 2:13 – After they had gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, “Get up! Take along the little child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I speak to you again. Herod is about to begin searching for the little child to kill him.”
- Matthew 2:20, 23 – The angel said, “Get ready! Take along the little child and his mother and go to the land of Israel. The people who were trying to kill the little child have died.”…23So, he went and lived in a town called Nazareth, so that what God had said through the prophets would come true:
- James and John, sons of Salome and Zebedee, were fishing partners with Peter and Andrew who lived in Bethsaida. See the Bible, John 1:44 and Luke 5:6-10.
- Matthew 4:21a – Jesus went farther and saw two more men. They were brothers—James and John—sons of Zebedee.
- Mark 1:20 indicates their fishing business became successful enough to have a hired crew.
- Matthew 4:13 – After leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, beside Lake Galilee, in the Zebulun and Naphtali area.
- Up until a few centuries ago, governments always had an officially recognized religion that provided advisors to the ruler; some governments still do.
- John 2:12 – After this, Jesus, his mother, his brothers, and his followers went down into the town of Capernaum. They stayed there for a few days.
- John 6:24, 42 – So, when the crowd realized that Jesus and his followers were not there, they got into some small boats and went to Capernaum to look for Jesus…42They said, “This is Jesus, Joseph’s son. We know his father and mother. Why is he now saying, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ ”
- John 1:29, 41 – The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, “Look, God’s Lamb who will take away the world’s sin!… 41The first thing that Andrew did was to find his own brother, Simon. Andrew said to him, “We have found the Messiah!” (This word means ‘Christ.’g)
- John 2:9-12a – He didn’t know where it came from, but the servants who had gotten the water knew. When the master of ceremonies tasted the water which had been changed into wine, he called for the groom. 10He said to the groom, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the people have had plenty to drink, he serves the cheaper wine. But you have reserved the good wine until now!” 11This was the first miracle which Jesus performed. It was in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus revealed his glory, and his followers believed in him. 12After this, Jesus, his mother, his brothers, and his followers went down into the town of Capernaum.
- Luke 4:31, 38 – On the sabbath day, Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee. Jesus was teaching the people… 38Jesus left the synagogue. He went into Simon’sf house. Simon’s mother-in-law was very sick. She had a high fever. They asked Jesus to do something to help her.
- Luke 5:4-11 – Jesus finished speaking. He said to Simon, “Take the boat into the deep water. If all of you will drop your nets into the water, then you will catch some fish.” 5Simon answered, “Teacher, we worked hard all night long trying to catch fish, but we caught nothing. But you say I should lower the nets into the water, so I will do it.” 6The fishermen dropped their nets into the water. They caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to rip! 7They called to some friends in the other boat to come and help them. The friends came and both boats were filled so full of fish that they were almost sinking. 8The fishermen were shocked because of the large number of fish that they caught. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!” 10James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed, too. (James and John were partners with Simon.) Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will catch people, instead of fish!” 11The men brought their boats to the shore. They left everything and followed Jesus.
- Mark 1:21-30 – They went into the town of Capernaum. On the sabbath day, when Jesus went into the synagogue, he began to teach the people right away. 22They were amazed at what he taught. Jesus was teaching them as one with authority—not as the teachers of the law. 23There was a man in their synagogue with an evil spirit. Suddenly, he shouted, 24“Jesus of Nazareth! What do you want with us? Did you come here to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 25But Jesus stopped the evil spirit. Jesus said, “Stop talking and come out of the man!” 26The evil spirit jerked the man around. He shouted loudly and came out of the man. 27All the people were shocked. They started asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching? With authority Jesus even commands evil spirits and they obey him!” 28And so, the news about Jesus went out immediately to the whole area around the land of Galilee.29After Jesus left the synagogue, he went immediately into Simon and Andrew’s house, along with James and John. 30Simon’s mother-in-law was very sick in bed. She had a high fever. Soon they talked to Jesus concerning her.
- Mark 15:40, 41 – Some women were there, too. They were far away, watching. Some of them were: Mary (from the town of Magdala); Mary (the mother of the younger James and Joses); and Salome. 41These women always followed Jesus and helped him while he was in the land of Galilee. Many women had come up to Jerusalem with Jesus.
- Mark 8:2-3 – “I feel sorry for the people. They have stayed with me for three days without eating anything. 3I don’t want to send them away hungry; they might faint on the road. Some of them have come from a long way off.”
- Matthew 10:1-4 –Jesus called his twelve followers. He gave them the authority to throw out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: First there was Simon (called Peter); Andrew (Peter’s brother); James (the son of Zebedee); John (James’ brother); 3Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew (the tax collector); James (the son of Alphaeus); Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Revolutionary;a and Judas Iscariot (He turned against Jesus.).
- Matthew 14:3, 10 – Before this time, Herod had ordered his men to arrest John, to tie him up, and to put him in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’sa wife… 10He sent some men to the prison to cut off John’s head.
- Matthew 13:55 – Isn’t it true that he is the son of Joseph, the woodworker, and that his mother’s name is Mary!? His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas.
- Matthew 14:13 – When Jesus heard this, he left there in a small boat to be all alone. He went to a place where no one lived. However, the crowds found out where Jesus had gone and, on foot, they followed him from the towns.
- Matthew 15:21 – Jesus left there and went to the area of the cities of Tyre and Sidon.
- Matthew 16:13 – When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he began to ask his followers, “Who do people say Ib am?”
- Matthew 16:21 – From then on, Jesus began to show his followers that he must go away to Jerusalem; that the Jewish elders, the most important priests, and the teachers of the law would make him suffer many things; that he would be killed, but on the third day, he would rise from death.
- Matthew 20:20-23 – Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee, James and John, came to Jesus with her sons. She bowed down and asked him for something. 21Jesus said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Promise me that these two sons of mine will sit on thrones in your kingdom, one at your right side and one at your left side!” 22Jesus answered them, “You don’t know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup of suffering which I am about to drink?” They said to Jesus, “We are able!” 23Jesus said to them, “Yes indeed, you will drink from the cup of suffering which I will drink, but the privilege of sitting at my right side or my left side is not mine to give. Those places belong instead to those for whom my Father has prepared them.”
- Luke 19:35-38 – Then the followers brought it to Jesus. They put some of their clothes on the donkey’s back. Then they helped Jesus get on top of it. 36While Jesus was riding along the road toward Jerusalem, the followers were spreading their robes on the road in front of him. 37Jesus was coming closer to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of Olive Mountain. The whole group of followers were happy. They were very excited, and they praised God for all the powerful things they had seen. They shouted, 38“Give praise to this king who is coming with the authority of the Lord God! Let there be peace in heaven and glory to God!”c (Psalms 118:26)
- Luke 22:66 – When morning came, the elders of the people, the most important priests, and the teachers of the law all came together. They led Jesus away to their Jewish Council.o
- Luke 23:1, 21 – Then the whole group stood up and led Jesus to Pilate…21But they yelled again, “Kill him! Nail him to a cross!”
- Mark 15:40 – Some women were there, too. They were far away, watching. Some of them were: Mary (from the town of Magdala); Mary (the mother of the younger James and Joses); and Salome.
- Mark 16:1-2, 6 – When the sabbath day had passed,a Mary (the one from Magdala), Mary (the mother of James), and Salome bought some sweet-smelling spices. They wanted to rub this on the body of Jesus. 2It was now very early on Sunday morning.b The sun had not come up yet. They were going to the tomb…6But the angel said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was nailed to the cross. He is not here. He has risen from death! Look at the place where they laid him!
- John19:26-27 – Jesus saw his mother and the follower whom he loved standing there. He said to his mother, “Woman, look at your son.b” 27Then Jesus said to that follower, “Look at your mother.c” From that moment on, that follower accepted Mary as his own mother.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Zechariah 6:12-13 [PREDICTED 480 YEARS BEFORE JESUS] – Red horses were with the first chariot. Black horses were with the second chariot. 3White horses were with the third chariot. And big, spotted, gray horses were with the fourth chariot.c
- Numbers 4:1 – Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron: .
- 2 Samuel 5:4 – David was 30 years olde when he became king. He ruled for 40 years. 5In Hebron, he was king over Judah for 7 years and 6 months. Then, in Jerusalem, he was king over all Israel and Judah for 33 years.
SPECIAL CHARACTERS APPEARING IN OTHER EPISODES
Season 1, Dream Maker, “Eyes of God.”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “Empty Net Syndrome”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “The Hand of God”
Season 3, Folk Hero, “The Benefactresses”
Season 6, Shadow of Death, “Breath of God”
Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Unlikely Crew.”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “Hesitant Herald” I
Season 3, Folk Hero, “Hesitant Herald.” II
Season 3, Folk Hero, “A New Age Dawning.”
Season 3, Folk Hero, “War of the Worlds.”
Season 4, Flood Hero, “Thunder Road.”
Season 5, Flood Gates “Day Extraordinaire.”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Fallen Star,”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Citadel of Shadows,”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Power in the Breaking,”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “The Unmasking,”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Soaring to Nothingness.”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Shadow Boxing,”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “The Gauntlet,”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “The Substitute,”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Stranger in Paradise,”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Bowels of Hell.”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Sleeping Giant”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “Dawn Eyes”
Season 6, Promise Keeper, “The Breath of God”