25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Acts 1:25-26 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:25-26 (NLT) — 25 as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.
Acts 1:25-26 (NIV) — 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Acts 1:25-26 (MSG) — 25 to take the place in this ministry and leadership that Judas threw away in order to go his own way.” They then drew straws. Matthias won and was counted in with the eleven apostles.
Thoughts of Devotion:
In ending Chapter 1 of the Book of Acts we see the fulfillment of the will of God. The position of Apostleship was left to Mathias, and the apostolic leadership was complete. The method in choosing leaders was very common, in Proverbs 16:33 it tells, “The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.” Within the Jews it was something very natural, because all of the positions and tasks in the temple were distributed by lots. The current form of doing it was writing the names of the candidates on stones; the stones were put in a vessel and it was shaken until a stone fell; whosever name was on the first stone to fall was chosen to occupy a position.
This was the last time this is mentioned as a method to understand the will of God. After the Pentecost, we never read that the disciples cast lots; it was the Holy Spirit that dwelled in them that guided them! In John 16:13 it tells us, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” The Holy Spirit guided and gave continuous direction to the lives of the apostles. The mission of Jesus was advancing with force and momentum, because the disciples obeyed the will of God over their lives!
Today we are called to obey the will of the Holy Spirit over our lives. Our prayer must be that the Holy Spirit would fulfill his perfect will in everything we set our hands to do. We don’t want to do things by our own will; we desire to do the will of God! In Philippians 2:13 it tells us, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Let us pray this morning that we would do the will of God, and not our own! Only in this way will we experience fruit and success in everything. Only in fulfilling his will, will we make a difference like Jesus’s disciples.
Leviticus 16:8 (NKJV) — 8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat.
Numbers 26:55 (NKJV) —55 But the land shall be divided by lot; they shall inherit according to the names of the tribes of their fathers.
1 Samuel 14:41-42 (NKJV) — 41 Therefore Saul said to the Lord God of Israel, “Give a perfect lot.” So Saul and Jonathan were taken, but the people escaped. 42 And Saul said, “Cast lots between my son Jonathan and me.” So Jonathan was taken.
Proverbs 16:33 (NKJV) — 33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.
Jonah 1:6-7 (NKJV) —6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” 7 And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
Luke 1:9 (NKJV) —9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
Acts 2:32 (NKJV) — 32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
Acts 3:14-15 (NKJV) — 14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
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