Acts 2 begins 10 days after Christ was taken up to heaven. His followers are still waiting and praying when a “violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house.” Each person was filled with the Holy Spirit and started speaking in a different language, confounding nearby Jews:
“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?” v.7-8
Accused of being drunk at 9 in the morning, Peter defends the believers, connecting what was written to what has come to pass, preaching boldly that God’s promise has been fulfilled.
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” v.36
The congregation of the first believers gathered daily in prayer, fellowship, listening to the teachings of the apostles, and spreading the gospel. Many sold their possessions and distributed the proceeds to those in need. They went from house to house spreading the love of God, were favored in the community, and their numbers were added to every day.
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Peter: From Terrified to Taking Over!
Yes, this is the same Peter that just a few weeks ago denied Jesus 3 times! Here he stands, with Holy Spirit courage, preaching a bold sermon in public. His words moved nearly 3,000 people to repentance!
The Early Church is a Model Example
The first congregation of believers truly gave their lives to Christ, joyfully, while caring for the people around them. They were known for their generosity and their encouragement.
Jewish Customs & Divine Purpose Fulfilled
Pentecost happened at the the time of the Jewish festival, Shavout, also known as Feast of Weeks. Shavout means 50, as in 50 days after the Passover (which honors God’s deliverance out of slavery by the blood of the sacrificial lamb). Shavout celebrated the incoming wheat harvest and eventually became a holiday that marked the giving of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. Pentecost happened 50 days after the crucifixion, they received the gift fo the Holy Spirit, and about 3,000 souls were harvested that day!