“Jesus, A Miracle Worker/Matthias Chosen To Replace Judas

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  KJV.

Quest Study Bible – What does God give us strength to do?  Everything or all things  means all that God desires us to do–not absurd, selfish or evil things.  In Paul’s own example, it meant that God had given him the ability to be content whether he had plenty or overwhelming need.  God’s grace will sustain us no matter where he leads–even when we lack material things.

“I Can Do All Things Through Christ”, The Clark Sisters. 

“Matthias Chosen To Replace Judas”, Acts 1:12) Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a Sabbath’s day’s journey.  Zechariah 14:4; John 11:18.  13) And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.  Jude1.  14) These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.  Luke 23:49.  15) And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)  Revelations 3;4.  16) Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.   Psalms 41:9; Mark 12:36; Hebrews 3:7, 8.  17) For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.  Luke 6;16.  18) Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.  2Peter 2;15.   19) And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem, insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.  20) For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein:  and his bishoprick (office or charge) let another take.  21) Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22) Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that He was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of His Resurrection.  Hebrews 2:3.  23) And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.  24) And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25) That he may take part of this ministry and Apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.  26) And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.  Leviticus 16:8. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v12, A Sabbath day’s journey was the distance permitted by Jewish custom for travel on a Sabbath day (Exodus 16:29; Joshua 3:4) about one half mile.  Anyone who traveled farther than this would be regarded as breaking the fourth commandment, Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it Holy.  v13, The upper room could have been the room where Jesus spent the last Passover with His disciples, or the room in which He appeared to them after the Resurrection (Luke 24).  v14 With one accord:  This phrase is made of two words “same” and “minded”.  It speaks of people sharing the same mind or thinking like-mindedly, people who set aside their personal feelings and commit themselves to the task– in this case witnessing to others about the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:5, 6).  v15-17,  From the earliest days of the Apostles’ calling, Peter assumed a position of leadership,  In the upper room a hundred and twenty  people gathered.  No doubt the majority of them were among those who saw the risen Christ (1Corinthians 15:6).   Holy Spirit spoke ….mouth of David:  Peter equated the speech of David with the voice of the Holy Spirit.  This is an example of the Biblical doctrine of inspiration,(2Timothy 3:16; 1Peter 1:11).  v18, 19  purchased a field: The field that was obtained with the money Judas received for betraying Jesus was actually purchased by the priests after Judas hanged himself (Matthew 27:6-8).  burst open…entrails gushed out:  Apparently  the noose Judas used to hang himself broke and the body fell, rupturing in the middle.  This is why the place was called the Field of Blood.  v20, 21 It was the dedication of Judas, not his death that caused Peter to ask the disciples to choose another to replace him.  baptism:  The replacement had to be an eyewitness to the miracles and teachings of Jesus.  Second, he had to be an eyewitness of His Resurrection, an Apostle.  v25, 26 cast their lots:  it was  customary  for the Jews to determine the will of God on certain questions by this method.  The names of Matthias and Justus, probably written on stones, were put in a vessel and shaken and the name that fell out of the vessel would be the one that God had chosen. 

v24 An appeal was made to God:  “Thou Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men”. which we do not; and better than they know their own.  Matthew Henry.     

Many times I have not been chosen but I must trust in God, He knows what’s best.  I am still His child, saved by the blood of His Son, Christ Jesus.  Amen.

More to come and God Bless You.


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