I have really been enjoying this discussion through the book of Acts. So far five of you have popped in on the discussion. Let me encourage you to read and put in your thoughts concerning the thought strand. Let’s make this a real discussion class. If you have missed any of the class questions you can catch up here: http://wp.me/P39vIx-Gh
Now on to today’s class.
Read over some of the comments from the last classes. Are any of these new thoughts for you? How have they changed your view of the disciples after the resurrection of Jesus?
When last we left the disciples they had just elected Matthias to fill Judas Iscariot’s position. They were all waiting in Jerusalem for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Here is what happened.
2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” Acts 2:1-13 ESV
Between Acts 1:9 ( Ascension Day) and Acts 2:1 (Pentecost) was a period of 10 days
Pentecost is one of the seven feasts of Israel. Each of them reflect a different aspect of Messiah.
The four spring feasts are:
Pesach- Passover/ Jesus is our Passover lamb protecting us from the death angel
Unleavened bread- Jesus is our sinless Messiah
First Fruits- Jesus was the first to be raised from the dead. He is the first fruits of our salvation.
Shavuot- Pentecost/ The Holy Spirit descended
The three fall feasts are:
Rosh Hoshanah- Yom Teruah, “The blowing of the shofar”. symbolic of the great in-gathering of the saints by Messiah (rapture of the church)
Yom Kippur- Day of Repentance/ day when Messiah shall judge
Succot- Feast of Tabernacles/ the Kingdom banquet/ marriage supper of the Lamb
Here is some information about Pentecost-
Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks is the second of three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Passover and Sukkot). Agriculturally it commemorates the time when the first fruits are harvested and brought to the temple. Historically it celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. It is customary to stay up the entire first night of Shavuot and study Torah and then to pray as early as possible in the morning.
Do you think this practice may have had any bearing on the coming of the Holy Spirit? Why or Why not?