When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” (Acts 2:1-11, NRSV)
I have always loved this text because it seems that we can interpret it in 2 different ways just from the reading.
1. is that everyone was speaking different languages than they grew up learning.
2. is that everyone is speaking in their native tongue and others are able to hear them without interpretation.
So which is it?
I think the better question here is does it matter which it is and does it have to be one or the other, could it be both?
We get so hung up on the how we miss the why and the miracle God is giving us.
Just let God do what God will do and don’t worry about how it works, just bask in the love that God is showering us with!