The First Church Prayer Meeting
Interwoven Gospels

And when they had returned, they went up into the upper chamber, where were abiding both Peter and John, and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the brother of James. These all were continuing steadfastly with one accord in prayer, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. Now in these days, Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (and there was a crowd of persons come together, about a hundred and twenty) and said, "Brethren, it was necessary that the scripture should be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spake before through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became guide to them that took Jesus; because he was numbered with us and obtained a share in this ministry. For it is written in the book of the Psalms,

"Let his habitation become desolate And let no one dwell therein: and His office let another take."

"It is necessary, therefore, that of the men associated with us during all the time in which the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John unto the day in which He was taken up from us, one of these should become a witness together with us of His resurrection." And they made choice of two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, and said, "Thou, Lord, Who knowest the hearts of all men, show of these two the one whom Thou hast chosen to take the part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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