Daily Devotional: Thursday 13th February

by William Moody

Acts 2:1–13

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

2:1 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 rested1 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.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Footnotes

[1] 2:3 Or And tongues as of fire appeared to them, distributed among them, and rested

(ESV)

Pentecost was fifty days after the Passover feast (v1). The Spirit now came in power upon the disciples (v2-3). He was like a mighty wind and a cleansing fire rolled into one. Now the disciples were enabled to speak in other languages (v4), a sign of the Gospel now going out to all nations.

God-fearing Jews from every nation now heard these uneducated men speaking in their own language the truth of the Gospel (v5-12). The hearers were bewildered, amazed and perplexed. What was happening was out of the norm’ and they couldn’t make sense of this.

We must remember that God and his ways cannot be put into a neat little box that we can understand. Sometimes we too will be bewildered, amazed and perplexed when God moves. This can shake us out of our comfortable world. But are you hungry t see God moving in these days.

Sadly there were others who resorted to mocking the disciples and what was going on (v13). When God moves there will always be division, between those who embrace what God is doing and those who reject. We must pray for grace to be among those who embrace what the Lord is doing; otherwise we can miss out on so much and even be opposing God. A scary thought!

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