Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Look Who's in the Room!

Acts 1:13-14 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

The Holy Spirit has not yet been given to the church (that comes next in Chapter two), but something dramatic is happening here. At the temple the men and women did not worship and pray together--ever. The court of the women was far from the center, lest they bring defilement.

And yet, already, something is changing. The disciples are there, along with Jesus' brothers, and others (about 120 in all). But look who else is there! WOMEN! This is a breach of custom that is really quite astounding. Right from the beginning they prayed together, and when the Holy Spirit was given, it was given to everyone in that upper room.

Thanks be to God!


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At 6/28/2006 6:21 AM, Blogger see-through faith said...

I read Acts 1 today and it struck me too - the women are there, they are mentioned, they are part of it ,they aren't marginalised. Already change is inthe air... what went wrong from that point of view I wonder?

At 8/12/2006 4:51 PM, Anonymous karin said...

And it was Mary Magdalene who was given the honor to spread the Good News to the disciples in the first place!

At 10/13/2006 3:28 PM, Blogger St. Michael the Archangel said...

one thing I see here is that you called the Disciples, Jesus' brothers... did you mean that in a literal sense, for as the bible states, Jesus did not have any brothers or sisters.

At 10/23/2006 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might want to take another look at Matthew 13:55,56 where the Bible speaks of, and names, Christ's earthly brothers and sisters.

It is the doctrine of "the perpetual virginity of Mary" that is not in the Bible.

At 12/06/2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Jason said...

See also Matthew 12:46-48. Jesus makes a clear distinction between his literal and spiritual family.


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