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Verses 20, 23-26: “”For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’,” and, ‘Let another take his office.'”
“And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”

When Ben Grimm temporarily lost his powers as The Thing, Reed Richards had to temporarily replace him in the Fantastic Four. Why? Because it was called the Fantastic FOUR.

Why do we have alternate jurors for a picked jury of 12 members? Because by law, if one is unable to fulfill the role of a juror, an alternate must fill that slot in order to have a 12 member jury.

So, why did the disciples replace Judas, who killed himself over his role in Jesus’ betrayal? An interesting question. Without going into a lot of detail, I found a quote from http://www.biblestudy.org that sums it up pretty well: “The meaning of 12, which is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God’s power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation. It can also symbolize completeness or the nation of Israel as a whole.” ( http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/12.html )

And, according to the study notes in my Holman NKJV Study Bible, casting lots (before the giving of the Holy Spirit) was an acceptable method for making decisions, knowing that the Lord would rule over this event to make His will known.

The Old Testament references in verse 20 are Psalms 69:25 and Psalms 109:8, by the way.

The disciples were actively waiting on God’s sending of the Holy Spirit. Not only were they dedicating themselves to prayer and supplication along with the women, Mary (Jesus’s mother), and His brothers, but you might say, they were also “taking care of business”. Though they were bringing up the sad fact that Judas betrayed Jesus, they knew it happened in order to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. Also, they had to fill his slot in their group.

So, when you wait on God’s ruling on a question in your life, are you actively waiting?

Something to think about.

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