Scripture: Acts 1

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Jesus Taken Up To Heaven

Acts 1:1-11 (KJV) The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen: To whom also He shewed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith He, ye have heard of Me.  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.  When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  9 And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.

Questions:

1. After returning to heaven, how did Jesus speak to the apostles (Acts 1:2)?

2. How did Jesus give the apostles proof He was alive (Acts. 1:3).

3. What command did Jesus give the apostles (Acts 1:4)?

4. What did Jesus say about John and the Holy Ghost [Spirit] (Acts 1:5)?

5. When asked if He would restore again the kingdom of Israel, how did Jesus answer (Acts 1:6-7)?

6. What did Jesus say the apostles would receive (Acts 1:8)?

7. What happened to Jesus after He spoke to the apostles (Acts 1:9)?

8. Who appeared while they were watching Jesus and what were they told (Acts 1:10-11)?

Answers:

1. Jesus spoke through the Holy Ghost [Spirit].

2. Jesus showed Himself to them and gave them many convincing proofs that he was alive.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

3. Jesus commanded that they should not depart from Jerusalem but wait for the promise of the Father.

4. Jesus said John baptized with water, but they [the apostles] would be baptized with the Holy Ghost [Spirit].

5. When asked about the restoration of the kingdom of Israel Jesus said, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.”

6. Jesus said to the apostles, “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

7. When He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

8. While they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.

Matthias Chosen To Replace Judas

Acts 1:12-26 (KJV) 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.  13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.  14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.  15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.  17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.  18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.  19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.  20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick (place of leadership) let another take.  21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that He was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of His resurrection.  23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.  24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two Thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.  26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Questions:

1. What did the apostles do (Acts 1:12)?

2. Where did the apostles go and what did they do (Acts 1:13-14)?

3. What did Peter believe needed to be done (Acts 1:22b)?

4. Who did they choose by praying and giving forth their lots (Acts 1:24-26)?

Answers:

1. The apostles returned to Jerusalem which is a sabbath day’s journey from the mount called Olivet.

2. The apostles went to an upper room and continued with one accord in prayer and supplication with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus and with His brethren.

3. Peter believed the place Judas Iscariot had vacated need to be filled.  He believed another should be ordained to be a witness with them of Jesus’ resurrection.

4. They chose Matthias.     

HEAR the WORD

Acts 1:26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Information from the internet: The practice of casting lots was an honored tradition in Israel for determining the will of God.  Unlike fortune telling or scrying (foretelling the future using a crystal ball or other reflective object or surface), God ordained and directed the Urim and Thummin that were kept with the high priest (Leviticus 8:8). Lots were used often in the Old Testament, most importantly in dividing up the Promised Land to the twelve tribes (Joshua 18:6).  In this case, the names of Joseph and Matthias are probably written on stones and placed in a jar.  The jar is shaken until one of the stones comes out.  This is the last recorded case in the Bible of God’s people using lots.  Within days, the Holy Spirit will come upon this room and permanently dwell inside the hearts of the people (Acts 2:1-4).  As Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit will guide Jesus followers into truth; lots are no longer needed (John 16:13).

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” 

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Do you know the Holy Spirit as Your guide, the revealer of God’s will?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Have you shared with others how they too can have the Holy Spirit in their life?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will trust, rely on, lean on and listen to the Holy Spirit (Acts 7-8).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance.” <>< Dona