I stupidly posted a comment on a blog today where I was the decided minority, holding the
unpopular hated view. It’s bothering me that I did that. And I’m still wincing from the comments I received in response.
Then I think of the comment I replied to a commentor on yesterday’s post and I wonder if I was just as ungracious as I felt those who responded to me were. I’m now wincing for a different reason.
This new world is an ugly place sometimes – I am speaking of both our increasingly polarized country and the social media world we often inhabit.
So with my stomach churning and mind whirling, I shall attempt to address a couple of points from Acts 1 that interested me.
Who were those guys in white?
Mary Magdalene encountered two angels in white at the empty tomb (see my post two days ago). They asked, “Woman, why are you weeping?” (John 20: 13 ESV)
They asked the disciples, “why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” (Acts 1: 11)
So who were these curious men in white?
Well, apparently white robes signify angels in human form (according to the ESV Study Bible which offers Ezekiel 9:2, Dan 10:5-6, Rev 15: 6, Matthew 28:3, Luke 24: 4 and the Mary Magdalene passage as proofs).
The New Geneva Study Bible says white robes also indicate glorified beings or saints.
Apparently, angels often appeared in pairs (Acts 1:10).
That was easy.
Other than that, there’s no clear connection between the John and Acts passages. Oh, well. I was sort of hoping the angels were Michael and Gabriel!
An interesting point on lots
The apostles decided to select a replacement for Judas who had walked with Jesus and witnessed the resurrection. They narrowed it down to two men, then “ they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” Acts 1: 26
Did you know that this was the last time lots were mentioned in the Bible as a way of discerning God’s will?
Yes. It’s true. My pastor pointed this out on Sunday.
Why no more lots?
Because soon the Holy Spirit would come down, enter believers’ hearts, and give us the inside scoop on God’s will.
The still small voice replaced the squarish little lots.
A great improvement!
Today’s Readings: 2 Kings 17:1-18:3, Psalm 74:1-11, Proverbs 18:22-24, Acts 1:1-26. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).