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Monk-in-Training

Ben,
Those are good questions. Lot casting was a common method of hearing from the Lord in those days, in fact Proverbs 16:33 (The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is the Lord's alone.) is a key verse in the matter.
Also there are the mysterious Urim and Thummim used by the High Priest.

Check out the Wiki on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urim_and_Thummim

ben

I have always thought it strange that they "cast lots". It might be worth noting that this was before Pentecost. Would it have been different after Pentecost? Would they have waited on the Lord, rather than casting Lots? Or is this an acceptable means of deciding a matter? Or, is our present understanding of "casting lots" different than what they actually did? I am not asking you these questions (although you are welcome to answer)...just thinking aloud.

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