Today’s passage: Acts 2:1-13
- The Day of Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Passover. It was one of the three festivals per year for the Jewish people. Every year at Pentecost, the Jewish people celebrated the first fruits of their harvest.
- Characteristics of tongues:
- People who heard them could understand what they were saying in their own native language.
- They were given as a sign as they marked the transition from Israel to the Church…from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant.
- And, they were given to convince those who were in unbelief (1 Corinthians 14:22). Meaning, when tongues are being spoken, it is an indication that there is a LACK of belief present and that there would be people present who speak a different language who could hear and understand what was being spoken.
- They are seen/heard here in Acts 2 as the Church begins to spread.
- They are heard in Acts 10 to show that Gentiles are included in the Church.
- They are heard in Acts 19 to confirm that Christ was the Messiah as John the Baptist had prophesied.
- The Apostle Paul spoke different tongues as a missionary to the Gentile world (1 Corinthians 14:18), though it is never recorded specifically when this occurred.
- The mocking accusation of drunkenness was not a response to the Apostles acting erratically, because they weren’t. It was a rejection of the truth they were hearing clearly in their own language.
Questions to consider:
- Why was the celebration of the harvest such a great day for this event? What was God indicating?
- Were the Apostles trying to speak in tongues? Were they waiting for tongues to happen and encouraging each other to try and have more faith to make it happen? How are tongues in the Bible so much different than what so many people are trying to do today?
- How do the mockers respond to what they are seeing and hearing? Do amazing miraculous things convert people? How does faith come to people (Romans 10:17, John 3:6-8)?