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Acts 2 Pentacost, Preaching, Personal Changes

on June 22, 2012

Pentacost. Acts 2:1-13. The day of Pentacost is actually the Jewish holiday, Shavuot-The Latter First Fruits Celebration, and was instituted in Leviticus 23:15-21.  It was held 50 days after the celebration of the Early First Fruits to give thanks for the early wheat harvest and to increase hope for an abundant fall harvest.  It also commemorates the day that the LORD gave the Law to Moses for the Israelite people.  During the synagogue service, the Jews and proselytes, would listen to the reading of Exodus 19-20, Ezekiel 1, and Ruth.  Ezekiel 1:4,28b reads, “As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal…Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.”  In God’s Appointed Times: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Celebrating the Biblical Holidays on page 55 it says, “Imagine thousands of Jewish worshipers leaving the Temple after the morning service having just read the passage from Ezekiel 1.  Suddenly some manifestations of the Holy Spirit started to appear before their eyes!  No wonder they were amazed and perplexed by the windstorm and fire.  They must have wondered if God was revealing his glory for the first time in nearly 600 years!  The glory of God was present at the giving of the Law; the same glory was manifested at the giving of the Holy Spirit.”

Preaching. Acts 2:14-41.  Peter boldly proclaimed a Christ-message, naming the Lord at least five times.  The message of Jesus brought conviction, repentance, forgiveness, baptism and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  His bold message had supernatural results, too, 3,000 people gave their hearts to the Lord that day and believed in the name of Jesus.  This brought immediate changes to the people’s lives.

Personal Change. Acts 2:42-47. Those who believed in Jesus began to be changed into His likeness.  How they spent their time and possessions all changed.  They devoted their time to listening to sound teaching, to fellowship with each other, to eating together, and praying.  Selling their possessions to help meet each others’ needs became normal, not exceptional.  There was a “mi casa es su casa;” “What’s mine is yours” mentality.  They received from each other with glad and generous hearts.  How do you receive with a generous heart?  I think it means they knew even what they received was not theirs and could be given away to help others.

What was the outcome of the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives?  Onlookers were awe-filled.  The apostles did wonders and signs.  There was great unity and openness among the believers.  Glad and generous characterized their hearts.  God was praised and worshiped.  Believers had favor with man.  The Lord gave a great, supernatural harvest–adding a great many believers daily.


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