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Acts 2:1-13

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

“On the day of Pentecost[a] all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[b] as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” v. 1-4

What am awesome experience!  Have you ever been in a place where you knew God was?  This is that moment that Jesus, and the prophets have talked about, one that the disciples were told to wait for, and now, as promised, the Holy Spirit came and came with power like a mighty roaring wind. The Holy Spirit empowered the believers to do something they could not do on their own.  In this case, to specifically speak in other languages (tongues).  The believers were able to share the Gospel with all that were gathered and did gather because of this event.  Many people believed this day, while others walked away saying that those people must be drunk!  They totally missed what God was doing in their midst.

Why did the Spirit come in this way?  Does the Spirit always come in this way? Here are some answers:

Why tongues of Fire? Tongues symbolize speech and the communication of the Gospel (Good News).  Fire symbolizes God’s purifying presence, which burns away the undesirable elements of our lives and sets our hearts aflame to ignite the lives o others.  On Mount Sinai, God confirmed the validity of the Old Testament law with fire from Heaven (Exodus 19:16-18).  At Pentecost, God confirmed the validity of the Holy Spirit’s ministry by sending fire.  At Mount Sinai, fire came down on one place; at Pentecost, fire came down on many believers symbolizing that God’s presence is available to all who believe in Him.

God made his presence known to this group in a spectacular way – roaring wind, fire, and his Holy Spirit.  However, God doesn’t always reveal Himself in this way. Be very cautious of thinking this is the only way God reveals Himself.  Elijah experienced a great wind, and earthquake, and finally fire, but God’s message wasn’t in any of those things!  Gods message came in a gentle whisper.  God may use dramatic methods to work in your life – or He may simply speak in a gentle whisper.  The key is to know when and how God is speaking and listen!     -NLT Life Application Study Bible

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