Jesus called Matthias through the other apostles, just like he calls pastors and teachers through congregations today.

BibleGateway: Acts 1:15-26

ESV Text: Acts 1:15-26

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1

     15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 486:
O Thou Whose Feet Have Climbed Life’s Hill — Organ Audio

1. O Thou whose feet have climbed life’s hill 
And trod the path of youth, 
Our Savior and our Brother still, 
Now lead us into truth. 

2. The call is Thine; be Thou the Way, 
And give us men, to guide. 
Let wisdom broaden with the day; 
Let human faith abide. 

3. Who learn of Thee the truth shall find; 
Who follow, gain the goal. 
With reverence crown the earnest mind 
And speak within the soul. 

4. Awake the purpose high which strives 
And, falling, stands again; 
Conform the will of eager lives 
To quit themselves like men. 

5. Thy life the bond of fellowship, 
Thy love the law that rules, 
Thy name, proclaimed by every lip, 
The Master of our schools. 

Hymn: LSB 950 Splendor and Honor


The day of the Lord is near—that means judgment for those who have turned from Him, but deliverance for those who trust in Him.

BibleGateway: Obadiah 15-21

ESV Text: Obadiah 15-21

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1
15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. 16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it. 19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. 20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south. 21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 618:
Jerusalem, my Happy Home — Organ Audio

1. Jerusalem, my happy home,
Name ever dear to me,
When shall my labors have an end?
Thy joys when shall I see?

2. When shall these eyes thy heav’n-built walls
And pearly gates behold,
Thy bulwarks with salvation strong,
And streets of shining gold?

3. Oh, when, thou city of my God,
Shall I thy courts ascend
Where evermore the angels sing,
Where Sabbaths have no end?

4. Apostles, martyrs, prophets, there
Around my Savior stand;
And soon my friends in Christ below
Will join the glorious band.

5. Jerusalem, my happy home,
When shall I come to thee?
When shall my labors have an end?
Thy joys when shall I see?

6. O Christ, do Thou my soul prepare
For that bright home of love
That I may see Thee and adore
With all Thy saints above.