Wednesday, May 9, 2018

easter 7 year b - acts

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
15In those days 
     Peter stood up among the believers 
          (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) 
     and said,
          16“Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, 
               which the Holy Spirit through David foretold 
                    concerning Judas, 
                         who 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, 
     and Matthias. 
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?

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