August 7th, 2018
Let Another Take His Bishoprick
Acts 1:20 (KJB) For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
This verse begs me to ask a few questions.
First, if you are like me you must ask, “what is a bishoprick?” This word is certainly an interesting sounding word, but it is likely you have no idea what it means. It is an ancient word not commonly used in this world today.
A bishoprick is another word for an overseer or pointing to a position of an overseer. More commonly understood as referring to a priest.
Secondly, whose habitation should be desolate? Peter is speaking of the desolation of Judas in his choice of personally betraying of Christ.
This scripture verse is pointing to Judas and his hand chosen position among the disciples of Christ. It is speaking of his evil heart and desolate spiritual condition. Peter is quoting a scripture verse he was familiar with which is found in Psalm 69:25, using it to both renounce Judas’s actions and to replace him with another man who is likeminded with Christ.