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tongues of fire

15 May

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ (Acts 2:1-21, NRSV)

What does this mean? How did this happen, because even the verses above seem to say 2 different things.

  1. And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? They heard in their own native language which gives to me the impression that the disciples were speaking in their native tongues but when others heard it, they heard it in their own native tongue.
  2. But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” This implies to me that those speaking were speaking in a different language and those who said this, made it sound like a farse because they were drunk and had no idea what they were doing.

So what is it? How did it happen?

To be honest here, It really doesn’t matter how it happened or which way the disciples spoke. Becuase the Holy Spirit moved in the disciples and made them speak in a way that everyone gathered understood, and people were moved to come to Christ.

People will always find excuses for why God is not working, and if we get bogged down in the how God did something we will lose focus on what Christ has called us to. We need to trust that that Spirit will guide us and not worry about all the details of how, but trust in faith.

God will work in and through us.

Allow Him control of your life.

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2 responses to “tongues of fire

  1. kwallyz

    2016/06/13 at 08:58

    It was the babelfish

     

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