Matthias is chosen by lot (Acts 1). Or is he?

A commentary is quite helpful:

Drawing lots to select a candidate sounds strange, but it was a Jewish custom. …

Drawing lots was not a substitute for human decision … but a way of putting the choice into God’s hands.

When we attain some high or responsible position, we may be tempted to congratulate ourselves …

We do well to remember the people we have met … and, more fundamentally, the gifts that God has given.

These are essentially random.

Like Matthias, we have been chosen by “lot.”



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