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4/14/19 Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 20-21, Acts 1
Book: Acts (officially called Acts of the Apostles)
Author: Not stated but traditionally attributed to Luke, a Gentile physician (Colossians 4:14, a missionary companion of the Apostle Paul, and the writer of the Gospel of Luke.
Date: Covering events of the AD 30s-60s, Acts was probably written sometime between AD 62 and 80.
In ten words or less: The Holy Spirit’s arrival heralds the beginning of the Christian church.
“From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission”
Acts 1:1-8 (NKJV) The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:16-17 (NKJV) “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
1:16-17. Peter’s allusion to the Old Testament shows his high view of the Scriptures. The Psalms were inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through the mouth of David. Peter’s assessment was that the Scripture had to be fulfilled. The verb “had to” is from dei, which is used of logical or divine necessity.
Peter said that David prophesied of Judas. But when did David discuss Judas Iscariot? Certainly he did not refer to him directly or name him. In the Psalms the Messiah is anticipated as the ideal King; therefore the royal psalms, which discuss the King of Israel, often anticipate Christ. Likewise the enemies of the royal psalmist became the enemies of the Messiah. Therefore Judas was predicted in Psalms 69:25 and 109:8 as Acts 1:20 states. Both of these psalms are royal imprecatory psalms (cf. Ps. 41:9).