The Disciples: Matthias

Matthias was selected to replace Judas as recorded in Acts 1:15-26. Besides the book of Acts, Matthias isn’t mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. The other man who was also in consideration was named Joseph or Barsabas, and surnamed Justus.

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,’ (Psalms 69:25) AND, “‘May another take his place of leadership. (Psalms 108:9)  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. – Acts 1:15-26

Clement of Alexandria (Stromateis vi.13.) records:  Not that they became apostles through being chosen for some distinguished peculiarity of nature, since also Judas was chosen along with them. But they were capable of becoming apostles on being chosen by Him who foresees even ultimate issues. Matthias, accordingly, who was not chosen along with them, on showing himself worthy of becoming an apostle, is substituted for Judas.                                                                     

There were over 120 gathered with the disciples. Good people, many who had followed and been with Jesus from the beginning. There may have been many who could have fulfilled the role but these 2 were chosen to go into the lot casting covered in prayer. Last week we elected 6 Board members, now not all who were nominated were elected but all were worthy of nomination because of their faithfulness and standing. We are blessed as a church to have such a depth of commitment, wisdom and faithfulness within our ranks as did the early church.

According to historical sources Matthias was well-versed in the Scriptures and spread the gospel on the shores of the Caspian and Cappadocia, in Judea. He was beheaded with a scimitar in 80 A.D.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for our church and for the many faithful, wise people who serve in many positions. You call people in and out of positions all the time. Lord, we thank you for our newly elected board, bless, guide and anoint them as they lead our church administration, ministry and witness. In Jesus Name, Amen.

SONG: Take My Life and Let it Be by Vineyard Music

(Written by Ange van der Leeuw)