Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the many blessings you have provided, help us through your Word to reach out to others. Amen.
…and the lot fell to Matthias; (v. 26)
After well over 1,000 posts and over 3 years, I have been sending out this daily devotion commentary. Today is the last one. I pray that God will find someone to continue it if it be His will. I pray that I God has used me in some small way to help further His Kingdom. I know that for me, it has been a blessing, because I have been able to do a daily discipline which involved prayer and Bible study every day and from wherever I was.
Now I move on to another chapter in my life and I hope that God has used me for good.
In today’s text, Peter is moved by the Holy Spirit to replace Judas who as we know committed suicide after betraying Jesus. It was important to keep the twelve apostolic positions filled. So the cast lots (a method of voting) and Matthias was selected.
Jesus had many disciples but only twelve who were in His inner circle. Twelve who He gave special ministry and leadership positions. We know little of Matthias, but he was obviously a follower and disciple. He was content to serve in a quiet way, and nothing more was written about his ministry. Our devotion writer explains; “Matthias seemingly was content to serve behind the scenes. His example demonstrates to us that service is the important thing and not notoriety. We need to be constantly reminded of this truth.”
So I pray that God will provide another source for helping your daily devotional discipline. It is not about me, but about serving God.
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, help us not to seek glory, but simply the opportunity to serve in your name. Amen.”
New International Version (NIV)
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’
“‘May another take his place of leadership.’
21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 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.