Not All Beards in the Upper Room

Studies in Acts, #2

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. Acts 2:12-14

The apostles did as Jesus told them, returning to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit who was promised by the Father (1:4-5). The room upstairs is reminiscent of the room where the Last Supper was held (Lk. 22:12), but we don’t know if it was the same. The list is similar to Luke 6:14-16 though without Judas Iscariot, thus setting up the rest of the narrative. God is forming a new Israel, and not one tribe would be missing, so another apostle is needed. It’s interesting that though these apostles would found the church, only James, Peter and John will be mentioned again in Acts by name. In the gospels and the book of Acts, Peter is mentioned 189 times, John 50 times, and James 18 times. Although all are apostles, all do not have the same gifts. There are leaders of leaders, first among equals.  Continue reading