Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD
Fan the Flame
May 31, 2020

Fan the Flame

May 31, 2020

Acts 2:1-21 New International Version (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[c]

Background

Miracle at Pentecost. The second chapter of Acts deals with the miracle of Pentecost. It falls into three parts: 2:1–13 relates the miraculous manifestation of the Spirit, 2:14–41 summarizes Peter’s speech at Pentecost, and 2:42–47 depicts the life of the greatly increased Christian community after Pentecost. The first part can be further divided into two segments: the descent of the Spirit on the believers, and their witness in the temple area.

Pentecost was the spring harvest festival, referred to in the Old Testament as the Festival of Weeks, coming seven weeks (50 days) after Passover. “All” the Christians were gathered together when the Spirit descended, all 120 of them. They were probably still assembled in the upper room, which must have been near the temple grounds. Luke describes the experience as being both audible and visible. The sound was like a violent wind.

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