When the Day of Pentecost came….

August 12, 2012

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Acts 2:1-13

Pentecost, also known as ‘The Feast of Weeks’ or Shavuot the Day of Firstfruits Numbers 28 v 26, was a festival of joy and thanksgiving celebrating the completion of the harvest season. These themes bring to mind Jesus’ words to some Greeks who said; “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

“The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12 v 23-24

So it is not without significance that this harvest celebration is marked by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the first born among many brethren who are to come from every tribe and tongue. The confusion at Babel in Genesis 11 is overturned by the Holy Spirit who restores unity of understanding to emphasize God’s provision for all people. Jews today celebrate Pentecost as a festival marking the giving of the law at Sinai. We note that in the new covenant the Holy Spirit writes God’s laws on our hearts.  2 Corinthians 3 v 1-11