Here we have the story of how the disciples decide to replace Judas. The obvious question right at the beginning, though, is “why did Judas need replacing?” Why was it important to have 12 disciples? Was it simply because Jesus called 12 so the disciples wanted to keep the number the same? Or is there something deeper going on here?
We need to remember first that this is a group of Jews we are dealing with. The separation between Judaism and Christianity had not occurred yet, so they are still thinking in their Jewish paradigms. Where do we find the number 12 in the Old Testament? There were 12 spies sent into Canaan…there were also 12 sons of Jacob. Ahh, now we’re getting close. The 12 tribes came from the 12 sons of Jacob. And that is the key.
The People of God had been arranged into 12 tribes. In choosing 12 disciples, Jesus was doing a couple of things. First, he was claiming the authority to Continue reading