OBSERVATIONS

 

Acts 1:9-26

OBSERVATIONS,

The Model Church #2

 

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Let's make some observations about Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:12-26.

 

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE ASCENSION – Vss. 9-11, Luke 24:50-53

 

·        The Apostles were spell bound concerning his ascension.

·        There is a promise of Jesus’ return to earth.

·        They returned to Jerusalem to do as Jesus commanded in verse 4.

Luke 24:50-53

·        Jesus last act on earth was to bless his followers.

·        One of the results of the resurrection and ascension is worship.  Vss. 52-53

·        Another result of the resurrection and ascension is great joy. Vs. 52

 

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION (Disciples) – Vss. 4, 12-14, 18-19

 

·        The disciples did as they were told. Vss. 4, 12

·        The 12 original Apostles are accounted for. Vss. 13, 18, 19

·        Women are included. Vs. 14

·        Mary is mentioned as present, but there is no special place given to her. Vs. 14

·        Jesus' brethren are present. They have become believers. Vs. 14, John 7:5,

·        There is unity in the group. Vs. 14, Philippians 2:1-5

·        The decisions they made were based on deliberate, continual prayer.

 

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE APOSTATE (Judas) – Vss. 15-20

 

·        The business meeting that took place involved more than just the Apostles, 120 people were present. Vs. 15

·        It is necessary that God's word be fulfilled. Vss. 16, 20

God's Word is inspired by the Spirit of God. Vs. 16, Psalm 109:8 -  Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

·        Judas fooled the other Apostles but never fooled God. Vs. 16

·        Judas paid dearly for his betrayal. Vss. 17-19

·        The decision to replace Judas was on the authority of God's Word. Vs. 20

 

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE NEW APOSTLE (Matthias) – Vss. 21-26

 

·        There were certain qualifications Judas' replacement needed to have, especially to be a witness of the Resurrection. Vss. 21-22

·        Humanly speaking, the Apostles did the best that they could, and then left the choice up to God. Vss. 24-25

·        This is the last use of casting lots mentioned in Scripture. It was an Old Testament procedure. Vs. 26,

     Proverbs 16:33 - The lot is cast into the lap; but the

      whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

·        There was complete order and harmony in their procedure.

 

 

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