Acts 1:12–26 (ESV)
Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas,
Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning
Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle
and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
“ ‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;
“ ‘Let another take his office.’
21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time
that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas,
who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his
own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
There is a lot that could be said in today’s section, but I’m going
to stay focused on picking a replacement for Judas. Verses 12-20 deal with the prophesies regarding Judas, while the later section is about picking a replacement. They came up with some requirements for a replacement. 1) Needed
to be a man.
2) Accompanied Jesus from baptism to ascension.
3) A witness to the resurrection.
names were brought forward: 1) Joseph (called Barsabbas and Justus) and 2) Matthias. Knowing that God is in control, they prayed and cast lots to choose. Matthias was the winner and was numbered with the eleven apostles. So what does this
mean? They have a twelfth apostle. Beyond this, nothing is known about either of these two guys.
I pray: O Lord, we know that you are in control of elections whether presidental, state, or
local. We also know you are in control of church politics. Help us to allow you to lead us with us knowing you are in control of our life instead of us thinking we are in control. I don’t want you to be my co-pilot, you are the pilot...
I’m along for the ride and to serve you and bring glory to your name. Amen.