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Week 41 Day 1
The disciples asked the risen Lord
Will you now restore the kingdom to Israel?
Is this when you are going to do it?
Jesus' answer is very instructive
I'm not going to
I completed my work
the next move is yours
Jesus passed his mantle
to his disciples
now called apostles
they were entrusted with the mandate to
and bring on the kingdom of God.
First a matter of business
the eleven needed
to be twelve again
they used four steps to do this
the casting of lots.
THE LAST GOODBYE
Final instructions, ascension, and a basic decision.
1The account of all Jesus did and taught, 2until the day He was
taken up, after giving commandments to the apostles, 3to whom
He also presented Himself alive, being seen by them during forty
days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4Being assembled together with them, He commanded them
not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the
Father. He said, "John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
6When they had come together, they asked Him, "Lord, will
You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7He said, "It
is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put
in His own authority. 8But you shall receive power when the
Holy Spirit has come upon you; you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
9When He had spoken these things, He was taken up, and a
cloud received Him out of their sight. 10While they looked
steadfastly toward heaven, behold, two men stood by them in
white apparel, 11who said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand
gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up
from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw
Him go into heaven."
12They returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olives,
13and went up into the upper room where they were staying:
Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew
and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot,
and Judas the son of James. 14These all continued with one
accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary
the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
15Peter stood in the midst of the disciples (altogether the
number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
16"This Scripture had to be fulfilled, concerning Judas, who
became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
21"Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all
the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22to
that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must
become a witness with us of His resurrection."
23They proposed two: Joseph who was surnamed Justus, and
Matthias. 24They prayed and 26cast their lots, and the lot fell
on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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