- In the Gospels, we see the disciples quarrelling with each other (Luke 22:24) and fighting against Jesus (Mark 8:32). Now, instead, the disciples are obedient, united and praying together, three very good qualities for a Christian congregation.
- Peter has long been the president of the disciples (Matthew 19:27) and Jesus had even appointed him as shepherd of Jesus’ sheep (John 21:16).
- Peter refers to Ps 69:26 and Ps 109:8.
- Matthew writes that Judas hanged himself (Matt 27:5) while Luke writes that he fell forward, who is right? If Judas hanged himself but the tree branch broke and he fell forward, both versions are correct.
- The twelve apostles had a very important role in the beginning of Jesus’ mission and therefore these demands were made on the new apostle.
- Some believe that Paul should have been the twelfth apostle, but that would not be possible because he did not meet the requirements.
- The twelve apostles will sit on twelve thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28).
- The apostle’s primary role was to bear witness to the “resurrection”. In the same way, we Christians today can bear witness to the fact that Jesus is alive and show how he has a living role in our lives today.
- Casting lots and then assuming that God leads was a common Jewish practice (Proverbs 16:33).
- This is the first and last time we hear about Matthias in the Bible.