11-12-06

They were tumultuous times for the disciples.  Jesus had been betrayed by one of their own.  They saw Jesus condemned and then crucified among thieves.  Three days later Jesus rose from the dead and began to make appearances over the next forty days. But after Jesus ascended into heaven, they were alone again as they waited for the Holy Spirit’s power.  During this time the disciples came to a conclusion that they needed to replace Judas with a new twelfth apostle.  How did they come to that decision?

The disciples documented the decision with an obscure verse taken from Psalm 109:8, “Let his days be few, and let another take his office.” At first glance, the verse seems like some random rationalization for their decision, until you read the entire Psalm.  I imagine one of the disciples reading through the Psalms and being shocked by what he came across in Psalm 109.  David describes betrayal, “In return for my love they are my accusers” (vs. 4).  David calls for judgment on the betrayer (vs. 7).  David describes having a crowd looking at him and shaking their heads (verse 25, Mat. 27:29).  I wonder if that was when the light went on in the disciple’s head.  David was talking about what Jesus had been through those last six weeks!  And then verse 8 stood out, “let another take his office”.  And with that, the apostles knew they needed to replace Judas.

Beloved, God’s Word is alive.  It is able to speak to me and my situation.  God wants to guide me.  God wants to answer my questions.  I just need to pray, read, and listen.