Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Week 1, Day 3 - Empowered By the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-13

Please look up Acts 2:1-13 and look imagine you in this scene. I think of the scene in Acts 2 and picture both an amazing and amusing scene. I cannot even imagine how awesome it was to be one of the believers on the day of Pentecost to visually see the Holy Spirit at work in each one of them. I wonder what it was like to feel the Spirit’s wind on their faces and to hear the commotion that followed. I wonder if the believers realized that they were speaking another language and not just sounds or gibberish when they opened their mouths to speak. The scene must have been amazing!

One thing I want to point out is that Pentecost was a required feast and a time of sacrifice and assembly. You can read about it in Leviticus 23:15-22. This was also known as the Feast of Weeks and happened at the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. The significance was to show joy and thanksgiving over the bountiful harvest. During this feast, they were to offer a fellowship offering to the Lord along with other sacrifices. I just find it interesting that God chose the day of Pentecost to gift the believers with the Holy Spirit. Jesus often referred to the Holy Spirit as the Counselor (John 14:25) and a gift (Acts 1:4) and the day that the Holy Spirit came was on a day that the Jews were to offer a fellowship offering to the Lord.

When the Holy Spirit came, the commotion began as everyone began to speak in different languages. They were enabled by the Holy Spirit to speak in different languages (verse 4). I think this is an important point: verse 4 says, “as the Spirit enabled them.” They spoke different languages as they were given the ability by the Holy Spirit. Too often, we try to do things on our own without the enabling of the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit’s enabling, these believers (most of whom were not educated) would not have been able to speak in other languages. God used the Holy Spirit to spread the word of the hope in Christ by giving them the ability to speak to more than just those who spoke their own language. When we are facing a road block that seems impossible to get around, we can let God do His work and do the impossible.

One last point is found in verse 13. Not everyone felt that there was a miracle happening in their midst. They decided that the believers were drunk and looked foolish. When we are empowered by the Spirit, it may not always seem impressive to onlookers. Not everyone will find the work of the Holy Spirit to be an exciting thing to take place.

Are you working in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit?

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