1:7 let us cast lots. The casting of lots was a common form of divination in the ancient world, a device used to discover the will of the gods. This method of discerning the will of the true God was not forbidden in ancient Israel, for the Lord ruled even over lots (Num. 26:55; Josh. 18:6–10; Neh. 10:34; Prov. 16:33; Acts 1:24–26).