The Choosing of the Seven

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Dear brothers and sisters,

I comment in Acts 6:1-7 – The Choosing of the Seven.

Acts is the fifth book of the New Testament, after the four Gospels. Acts tells things that apostles of Jesus Christ did after Jesus was executed. Acts 6 means Chapter 6 of Acts.

Acts 6 New International Version (NIV)

The Choosing of the Seven

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widowswere being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters,choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

 

I comment in Acts 6:1-7 – The Choosing of the Seven.

* About “…the word of God…”:

– God, through Moses, gave us the 10 Commandments and other laws. But at Jesus time, Jewish leaders – politically and religiously at the same time – used Moses laws as a tool of oppression.

Jewish leaders used the word of God as a tool of oppression.

– So God, through Jesus, gave us grace and truth.

(Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16 – 17.

Grace we have received is that all our sins were removed in front of God. All our sins include our personal sins and original sins. Thanks to Grace, we can connect with God and enter the kingdom (in heaven or in our hearts).

And Grace we have received is from the fullness of Jesus.)

God, through Jesus, gave us the word in place of the word already given. Because this word of God is important, the Twelve have the right to minister to people.

But “the word of God” in Acts 6:2 is the Word, is God, is Jesus (because ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’. John 1:1). And Jesus said: “I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:20). So “the Word of God” is God, is Jesus and “the Word of God” is in all of us.

So all of us have the right to minister to Jesus, to God, to the Word of God. Not only the Twelve.

* About “…prayed and laid their hands on them…”:

The Twelve prayed and laid their hands on the apostles.

This was gesture of the high-level persons. They usually did such to the low-level persons.

The Twelve were ministers. And they thought that their level was higher than other apostles’ level.

But because all of us have the right to minister to Jesus, to God, to the Word of God; so all of us are ministers. No one higher. No one lower.

***

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for listening.

Have a minister day.

Phạm Thu Hương

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