Hurricane West Stake Adult Religion ClassNew Testament: Acts 1:1–9:43Week 12, Page 3
(a)However it is clear from the context that the replacement be someone who was known to the apostles and was reliable, and not just a stranger.
(2)1:26. The exact nature of
is unknown, but it appears to be a way of making adetermination by chance, like with modern dice.
(a)It’s possible that the lots cast here were used by the apostles to determinerandomly who should fill Judas’ position. If so, they probably expected thatthe Lord would control the outcome and indicate His choice (1:24).(b)But it appears that
of the eleven apostles cast a lot, rather than one lot tomake the decision. This could therefore mean that they each cast a
withtheir choice, with the results of the vote falling on Matthias.(c)In any case, the apostles had already chosen two candidates and prayed thatthe Lord’s will would be done in deciding who would receive the appointment(1:23–25). b)4:32–5:11. The believers have all possessions in common.i)4:32, 34–35. The phrases “neither was there any among them that lacked” and“distribution was made unto every man according as he had need” show that theinfant church was effective in pulling off the law of consecration, at least initially.
ii)4:36–37. A positive example: Barnabas. (He will later become very important in thestory of the spread of the Church.
)iii)5:1–11. A negative example: Ananias and Sapphria. Their transgression was notgreed,
, because participation in the Christian community was voluntary.Rather it was their conspiracy to deceive the apostles.(1)5:4b. “Thou has not lied unto men, but unto God.” Peter and the apostlesrepresented God as the administrators of his kingdom. (Compare D&C 1:38;21:4–5.)c)6:1–7. Seven are appointed to minister in temporal affairs.i)A conflict arises between the
) and the Hebrews in Jerusalem.The Hellenists were Greek-speaking Jews who had adopted Greek thought, customs,and lifestyle, as well as the Greek language.
The Hellenists believed that their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food (KJV “ministration”).ii)The apostles resolve the problem by having the Hellenists select seven of their ownto see to the duty. (One of them, Nicolas, was a
—a Gentile who had
This precedent continues in the Church today: New members of the Quorum of the Twelve are typically chosen from theSeventy or the Presiding Bishopric. These brethren are a “known quantity,” in that the leaders of the Church have seen them inthe performance of their duties and know their reliability ahead of time.
All four gospel writers note that the Roman soldiers cast lots to see who would receive Jesus’ clothing after he had beencrucified (Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:24).
The other two scriptural communities that successfully managed to live consecration were Enoch’s city (Moses 7:18) andthe Nephites following the visit of the Savior (4 Nephi 1:3).
Barnabas will later play important role in introducing the converted Saul to the apostles at Jerusalem (9:27), as theleader of the mission to Antioch (11:19–26) and the relief mission to Jerusalem (11:27–30), in Paul’s first missionary journey (13:1–14:28), at the Jerusalem Council (15:2, 12). He is referred to as “beloved” of the apostles (15:25).
The Hellenists were the descendants of Jews that settled in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, but had since scatteredthroughout the Roman Empire. In the early 3rd century
. Jews moved into Egypt in large numbers, where they became amajor segment of the population. Estimates are that the Jewish population in Alexandria reached nearly one million by thefirst century
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