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,’ and, “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 Barabbas (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. (Acts 1:20-26,NIV)
After Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, He committed suicide by hanging himself. With his death, the disciples were eleven. The number was not complete. The eleven disciples need an extra member to make the twelve. However the decision on whom to choose was between two men: Joseph (also called Barabbas also known as Justus) and Matthias. Choosing a disciple is something divine.
Recall: Jesus was choosing his disciples; he is the son of God who is divine. At this time when the disciples have to choose the twelfth disciple and Jesus has risen to heaven so physically there are on their own. Naturally they would pick either Joseph or Matthias; however this was not the case. Instead, they turned to the Lord and requested that God show them to the twelfth disciple. “Show unto us who of these two have you chosen to take over this apostolic ministry”
The word clearly illustrates that; God is the one that chooses and not us. He is the one that has the final word. Therefore, we need not take matters and decisions on our own, but place them in God’s word.
Thought of the Day: Let the Lord decide for you today.