Day 5 Read: Acts 1:12-14
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 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. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Reflect: What sticks out to you the most about this season in the life of the early disciples? What do you think it was like when they met together? Why is it important to notice that they were continually united in prayer (v. 14)?
Consider: The way conceived as belonging to the mountain; connected with it in reference to the neighborhood of Jerusalem. A Sabbath-day’s journey, according to Jewish tradition, was about three-quarters of a mile. It was the supposed distance between the camp and the tabernacle in the wilderness (Josh. 3:4).5
Respond: Have you ever felt like you were in a holding pattern—waiting for God to act in some situation in life? Why is that a difficult thing to do? Why it is helpful to have other people around you during that time?
5 Marvin Richardson Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament, vol. 1 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887), 444.