February 6, 2018
Acts 2:1-4… When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly, there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The sound that day was like the sound of a mighty rushing wind. It doesn’t mention that there was also the accompanying feeling of a mighty wind blowing. It was a sound. What strikes me about this idea is that the Holy Spirit was anxious to get here. I can almost hear Him saying to the Father, “My turn; let me go.” And then it is as if He came rushing into the room where they were sitting. The Holy Spirit came to earth when Jesus was taken from earth back to heaven. As promised, we have not been left alone. God has always been, and will always be, with us. That promise is one we can hold on to. In fact, we can hold on to every promise from God.
The Holy Spirit’s arrival was accompanied by tongues of fire appearing above the heads of each person present. That speaks to us of the importance of being with the gathering of God’s people when they are together. And then there was the manifestation of speaking in tongues. And how divisive has that been over the years? I have friends who adamantly swear by the doctrine of speaking in tongues and I also have friends who are adamantly against it as a doctrine. Since there are people reading this journal entry, I will say, here, that I am neither adamant in favor of, nor against, it.
My caution to all is that we read the Bible as it was written, without putting our cultural spin on it. The crowd that was present that day, on the outside of the room, all heard the apostles speaking in their languages.
Verses 7-8… And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each one of us in his own language?”
It was a miracle. There is no other explanation.