Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Ezra 9-10; Acts 1
15 During this time, the family of believers was a company of about one hundred twenty persons. Peter stood among them and said, 16 “Brothers and sisters, the scripture that the Holy Spirit announced beforehand through David had to be fulfilled. This was the scripture concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 This happened even though he was one of us and received a share of this ministry.” (18 In fact, he bought a field with the payment he received for his injustice. Falling headfirst, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines spilled out. 19 This became known to everyone living in Jerusalem, so they called that field in their own language Hakeldama, or “Field of Blood.”) 20 “It is written in the Psalms scroll,
Let his home become deserted and let there be no one living in it;[a]
Give his position of leadership to another.
21 “Therefore, we must select one of those who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus lived among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when Jesus was taken from us. This person must become along with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 So they nominated two: Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
24 They prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s deepest thoughts and desires. Show us clearly which one you have chosen from among these two 25 to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.” 26 When they cast lots, the lot fell on Matthias. He was added to the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:15-26, Common English Bible)
A few weeks back, I was talking to someone (I just can’t remember who) and this man said, “The disciples really messed up by selecting Matthias. There weren’t supposed to be thirteen Apostles, only twelve. With Matthias joining the eleven, there isn’t a place for Paul. That is who God really wanted to be the twelfth disciples. Instead, God called Paul anyway and made Paul disciple number thirteen.
I am not going to sit here and tell you that my informative friend is correct in his thesis. The truth is, I don’t know. But, then again, neither does he. Really none of us on this side of eternity know the answer to the idea my friend presented.
What I do know is, by both Orthodox and Roman Catholic tradition, Matthias worked for the Gospel in Cappadocia, Judaea, and Colchis (near the modern-day Republic of Georgia). Matthias was stoned to death in Colchis.
Matthias also became a saint and is said to have written Gospel accounts, though the validity of this claim is questionable and the early Church declared it heresy in the second century. Only fragments of the “Lost Gospels of Matthias” still exist.
If the eleven were wrong in replacing Judas with Matthias it there certainly doesn’t seem to be much evidence for the theory. Matthias went to work for the Gospel and made a difference for the Kingdom. If all of us could take a lesson from Matthias the world would be a better place. The Church would be better for it.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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