Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
15In those days
Peter stood up among the believers
(together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons)
16“Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled,
which the Holy Spirit through David foretold
became a guide for those who arrested Jesus—
17for he was numbered among us
and was allotted his share in this ministry.”
21“So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time
that the Sovereign Jesus went in and out among us,
22beginning from the baptism of John
until the day
when Jesus was taken up from us—
one of these must become a witness with us
to the resurrection.”
23So they proposed two,
Joseph called Barsabbas,
who was also known as Justus,
24Then they prayed and said,
“Lord, you know everyone’s heart.
Show us which one of these two you have chosen
25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship
from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”
26And they cast lots for them,
and the lot fell on Matthias;
and he was added to the eleven apostles.
Queeries for the text:
Is Peter confusing himself with God?
Does God even want someone to replace Judas?
What if God wants all of us to replace Judas?
Is "Luke" as obsessed with the perfection of the number 12(0) as Peter is?
Is Peter taking the easy way out?
Why does Peter only consider men? Is he that intimidated by people of other genders?
Does Peter even give God a "none of the above" option in this casting of lots?
Isn't Paul the final apostle?
What would it look like to always have room for one more follower instead of obsessively filling in the extra spot to avoid any perception of imperfection?
What are your queeries?