This is the day that the church, the “called-out ones” of God, was born. On that day, the Spirit of God descended on the 120 followers of Jesus and they started speaking out loud in languages from around the world.
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Whether you believe in the resurrection or not, your life has been affected by the events of that Pentecost Sunday.
But this understanding of Pentecost, though correct, is incomplete.
And it will keep you from seeing the allusion, the Sign.
Many people yearn for a return to that Pentecost Sunday to have a similar experience of speaking in languages and dramatic signs of the Holy Spirit.
(Leviticus -17) On the day of firstfruits, when you present to the LORD an offering of new grain during the Festival of Weeks (i.e.
Pentecost), hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.
of Passover], and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.
From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the LORD.
To think this way is to assume that it was the waiting and yearning that moved the Spirit of God back then.
To think this way is to miss the point and overlook the allusion – because the Pentecost recorded in Acts Chapter 2 was not the first Pentecost.
In fact, that there were people from all languages who were in Jerusalem that day to hear Peter’s message was precisely because they were there to celebrate the Old Testament Pentecost.