Acts 2:1–4 (ESV)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the day
of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each
one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
It has been interesting that we have been going through “The Story”
by Randy Frazee who is a pastor at Max Lucado’s church. “The Story” is a 31 week journey through the Old Testament through the New Testament. It puts the Bible in chronological order which make the Bible make a lot more sense.
What is interesting is that the last two weeks of The Story have coincided with my blog, Christtalk.net. This last Wednesday night, Bernie asked if the Pentecost event was on the twelve apostles, or were there more there? I told him that there
were more there and the event happened with about 120 people there. This is a question that is debated a lot. Verse 2 states: “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” The question is who are “they”. The Lutheran Study Bible states: they. Possibly just the 12 apostles (cf 1:26; 2:14), though the fulfillment
described in vv 17–18 hints that the 120 are meant. (Reference to the 120 is much more remote; 1:15.) John Chrysostom: “Was it upon the twelve that [the Holy Spirit] came? Not so; but upon the hundred and twenty. For Peter would not have quoted
to no purpose the testimony of the prophet” (Philip Schaffs Nicene and PostNicene Fathers 1 11:25). What is also not real clear is that when Peter gives his sermon coming up, over three thousand are saved.
is also important to talk about the “other tongues” which we will get into tomorrow, so I will save it for now.
I pray: O Lord, you had promised the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Holy
Spirit came. You also promised that You will come again. I look forward to seeing you return if that happens in my life time. Help me to stay focused on you until you return or I die, which ever comes first. I repent of my sins and
give thanks for your act of love and forgiveness. Amen.