Read thru New Testament Devotional – June 16, 2017

June 16

 

Acts 2:1-13

Acts 2:1-5-It is the day of Pentecost (9 a.m., :15).

 

(Ryrie Study Bible) 2:1 the day of Pentecost.  The fourth of the annual feasts of the Jews (After Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits), it came 50 days after Firstfruits (A type of the resurrection of Christ, 1 Cor. 15:23).  Pentecost was the Greek name for the Jewish feast of weeks, so called because it fell seven (a week of) weeks after Firstfruits. It celebrated the wheat harvest (Ex. 23:16).  This day of Pentecost in Acts 2 marked the beginning of the church (Matt. 16:18).

 

The disciples were all gathered together.  A noise “from heaven” (it had the sound of wind but was not wind) filled the whole house and they saw what looked like flames of fire moving around the room and stopping above each person’s head.  The Holy Spirit “filled” them all and they began to speak in languages that they did not know…as the Holy Spirit gave them the ability to do so.

 

Fill, Fill Up:

lengthened forms of pleo, "to fill" (pletho supplies certain tenses of pimplemi), is used

(1) of things; boats, with fish, Luk 5:7; a sponge, with vinegar, Mat 27:48 (some mss. have this verb in Jhn 19:29); a city, with confusion, Act 19:29; a wedding, with guests, Mat 22:10;

(2) of persons (only in Luke's writings):

(a) with the Holy Spirit, Luk 1:15, 41, 67; Act 2:4; 4:8, 31; 9:17; 13:9;

(b) with emotions: wrath, Luk 4:28; fear, Luk 5:26; madness, Luk 6:11; wonder, amazement, Act 3:10; jealousy, Act 5:17, RV, for AV, "indignation," and Act 13:45 (AV, "envy").

(http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G4130&t=NASB, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)

 

Acts 2:6-13-Other Jews ("devout men, from every nation", :5) heard the noise and gathered outside.  They heard the disciples speaking ("of the mighty deeds of God", :11) in their own, actual languages and were amazed because they recognized the disciples as being from Galilee, not their countries.  The countries and locations mentioned form a circuit around the Mediterranean Sea and include as many as 15 different languages/dialects.  They began to ask what was happening.  How were these men able to speak in their languages?  But some people just said that the disciples were drunk.

Prayer: Lord, I know that when I accepted You that the Holy Spirit came into my life, completely.  But Father, I pray that He will be released through my life, completely.  Lord, when people see and hear me...please let them hear and see the presence of the Holy Spirit, and not me.  Use me to bring glory to You that can only be done when You are in complete control.  Help Your presence to be so powerful in me...that nothing, not even the barrier of language...can keep people from recognizing You.

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