Wednesday Word 5.23.2018

Acts 2:1-18 New International Version

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken….12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”…

Sunday, we learned a little about the celebration of Pentecost before the Holy Spirit came to walk with us. The Feast of Weeks was the celebration of the grain harvest that lasted for seven weeks after Passover, from the time the first barley was gathered in through the last of the wheat crop. In Numbers and Deuteronomy and elsewhere, we get the details of how important the festival was and how it was to be celebrated. That is why all the people speaking so many different dialects were gathered in Jerusalem.

This festival also involved offerings of “first fruits” as gifts to the Lord. Grain and lambs and young bulls were among the gifts. Only the very best was to be offered. On this specific Pentecost, the first fruits of a different sort were offered. As the first fruits of the new church were gathered in, this time the gift came from Heaven! Jesus had spoken about the Holy Spirit from time to time and in Acts 1:4, before taking his leave, he told the faithful to wait in Jerusalem “for the gift my Father promised.” When those who were witnessing the strange and incredible event thought it was drunkenness, Peter stepped up spoke on behalf of the nascent church (2:14-41). This was the first time Peter preached the Gospel to the crowd, sharing with them the amazing Good News. He told them in Verse 38, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

This incredible gift is there for you and me. We may not speak in foreign languages we’ve never heard before and we may not wear a flaming fascinator. What we can do is learn to rely on the Holy Spirit, with us always. How blessed are we?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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