Acts 2:1-13; Deuteronomy 13-14; Job 10
Feast days in Jerusalem were quite an occasion. Often, pilgrims who made the trip to Jerusalem for the Passover would stay the extra days for the Feast of Pentecost. Jerusalem was crowded. And so, when the Holy Spirit came in power and filled the believers in Christ, amazing things happened. They began to praise God in languages they had never learned. As they praised God, people started gathering around. “When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.” (Acts 2:6) They were confused because they heard the glories of God being proclaimed in their own language. Yes, as Jews they most likely could have understood Hebrew, perhaps Aramaic or Greek because of the languages of the day, but God arranged for them to hear the praise in their own language. In their confusion, some mocked the believers, accusing them of being drunk. I wonder if they ever stopped to think about how hard it would be to speak the praises of God clearly in any language if they were drunk. God had a purpose in this miracle. First, it let those who heard know that God was Lord over all people and that they could experience the blessings of a relationship with God no matter where they were. Second, it drew them together so that Peter could deliver a message about God’s love and salvation. Today, we have gone back to regionalizing God by calling our country “Christian” and recognizing other countries as belonging to another religion. In truth, the whole world belongs to Creator God. His salvation is shown through Jesus Christ. While some countries are run by those who would not honor Creator God, He is still in control. May we praise the God who is over all and in all today. May we lift up His name and proclaim His goodness and salvation in every language.
Creator God, I exalt You and praise You today. You are Lord of everything and You have provided a way for all people to know You and draw close to You in Jesus Christ. I pray today for my brothers and sisters who love You, especially in lands where people would work against You. Give all of us strength and grace to be Your people and show Your love to others.