Acts 2:5-13 The Crowd’s Response to the Apostles Speaking in Tongues

On the eve of Pentecost, while in Jerusalem, the apostles found themselves anointed with the Holy Spirit, fulfilling prophesy spoken by Jesus just before He ascended to Heaven.

5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.” (Acts 2:5)

Pentecost was a Jewish festival that started immediately after Passover, and lasted 50 days. The gathering was attended by countless Jews from various nations who flocked to Jerusalem at this time of the year, since the warm weather was well suited for travel.

6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” (Acts 2:6)

Guided by the sound that resonated from Heaven, a large number of Jews gathered in awe as each one could hear the chosen disciples speak in their own language, which were foreign to the region.

7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” (Acts 2:7-11)

The crowd marveled how uneducated men from Galilee were speaking in dialects foreign to the region. The multitude that gathered around the apostles came from regions as far as Egypt in the south, and Rome in the north, all were amazed by this miracle.

12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” 13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” (Acts 2:12-13)

Because they were skeptics, a number of people among the crowd suggested the apostles were drunk on new wine, made from pressing then fermenting grapes which produced a more intoxicating beverage than traditional palestinian wine.

Later, Peter would preach the gospel and assure the multitude the apostles were indeed sober, and their only intoxication was in the Holy Spirit who dwelled in each one. Let’s pray!

Father God;
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.

Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.

We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.

Praise God,
Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre
Email: danielstpierre@thrivethroughchrist.com

Posted in Bible Studies.

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