July 26th, 2017
Was Matthias Appointed by God?
Acts 1:23-26 (KJB) And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
These verses shed some light on the apostle’s choice of casting lots. It was recorded in these verses that this activity was used for finding a replacement for Judas Iscariot.
In ancient times, casting lots was a common method used in settling disputes, the dividing something, or in making decisions. It is kind of like today when a person may choose to flip a coin. However, a good question to consider was if God’s holy input and will was sought in this process? Or was it solely the reasoning and action of the disciples in choosing this man to replace Judas?
The answer is as clear as mud! The Bible does not say for certain if Mathias was God’s choice. Many would say Paul was the more likely successor of Judas.
However, it seems reasonable to expect a man of God or a group of godly men would pray and seek guidance from God in choosing a successor to Judas. God would certainly be heavily involved in this important decision process, but this casting of lots sure seems as though it could have taken place outside of any direction or involvement from God.
Notice verse twenty-three begins “And they appointed two…” seems to point to the disciples as the ones who chose Matthias. This selection process seems to be far removed from when Jesus Christ handpicked each of the twelve disciples during His earthly ministry.
Was Mathias a disciple chosen by God? Or was he selected by lots using the reasoning of men? Paul seems to be God’s likely pick for replacing Judas, but we cannot know this for certain this side of heaven.