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Acts 2:37-41 – Our necessary response

Peter has told the people of Jerusalem that the only way they can be saved is to call upon the Lord. He has then identified the Lord as Jesus of Nazareth whom they crucified. This places Israel in a difficult position. How can they be saved if they must call out to the one whom they killed? It is unsurprising that when the people hear this they are cut to the heart and…

Acts 2:1-11 – wind, fire and speaking

Jerusalem was once again crowded. Seven weeks after Jesus death at Passover, the Jewish people gathered for the day of Pentecost. Pentecost celebrated the first gathering of the wheat harvest and was also the anniversary of the giving of the law at Mount Sinai. Two things came from heaven. Having just been told that Jesus ascended into heaven the passage assumes that we…

Psalm 109 – What Became of Judas

Psalm 109 is what we call a prayer of imprecation. That means that it is a prayer in which someone calls on God to judge wicked people. Many Christians do not like these kinds of psalms. These psalms are not about revenge for petty insults and offense one has taken. Rather these psalms are about the kingdom of God – the rule of God in our world. The Psalmist is asking God…

Psalm 69 – The Cross

This Psalm is quoted in Gospel narratives about the crucifixion and in Acts concerning Judas. It is a prayer of David but is easily placed on the lips of Jesus as well – except one verse makes people a bit uneasy in doing that. To sink in the mire and to have the waters sweep over you is to be dying (1-2). To be crying out to God and to be unheard is what Jesus…

Acts 1:15-26 – Very different inheritances

During the ten day wait between the ascension of Jesus and Pentecost, Peter raises the issue of how the Twelve have become eleven due to Judas’ apostasy. Jesus had specifically chosen twelve disciples because they were to become the beginning of the renewed people of God. Eleven will not do. Hence…