LANGUAGES AT PENTECOST
Read Acts 2:1-21
Peter preached the first sermon on Pentecost, and the place went wild. Tongues of fire appeared over the audience’s heads, and everyone began to speak in other languages. Amazed by the miracle, the people asked, “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12) Good question: The answer passion and purpose.
Ever heard the expression, “He was on fire for the Lord”? At Pentecost the people, filled with the holy Spirit, were spiritually “set on fire.” It’s the perfect metaphor. Fires spread, igniting anything around them, until they build into burning blazes.
God wanted to use Peter’s audience to set the world passionately on fire with the message of the gospel. The languages gave them direction and a purpose—to take that fire into the whole world, beyond Israel, crossing borders to places they would never normally go and to people whose languages they may not speak. The miracle expressed an urgency in their task—fires are impatient and thorough; they burn up everything in their paths; they don’t wait around. The fire ignited that day blazed all over the world for thousands of years to you and me. Now we must carry that torch to all nations. Are you on fire? Then speak up! (from The American Bible Challenge)
YOUR BIBLE CHALLENGE:
1. What did the arrival of the Holy Spirit sound like at Pentecost?
2. What kind of structure were the believers in when the Holy Spirit arrived at Pentecost?
3. What region did the crowd know the tongue-speakers were originally from?
4. What did the crowd think the tongue speakers had too much of?
5. When Peter addressed the crowd after this incident, who was the first Old Testament prophet he quoted?
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ANSWERS TO: LANGUAGES AT PENTECOST
1. The blowing of a violent wind (Acts 2:2)
2. House (Acts2:2)
3. Galilee (Acts 2:7)
4. Wine (Acts 2:13)
5. Joel (Acts 2:16)