(Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
“‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;
“‘Let another take his office.’
Comment: Not mentioning him by name the passage at the start is obviously talking about Judas, what his bribery money was spent on and his gory death. Reading what we can from other spots in the New Testament it sounds as if Judas hanged himself and somehow fell down (possibly already rotting) and splattered everywhere. Uugh!
So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Comment: Two suitable men are chosen to be put to the election and Matthias was chosen by ‘casting lots’. I am sure that they were praying and trusting that they would chose the correct one. Matthias is not mentioned again in the Bible but according to church history he evangelized fairly widely before being Martyred. Orthodox churches honour him on St Matthias Day
Prayer: Help me to learn that faithfulness is much superior to greatness, O Lord.