Pastor Wrinkles :House On Fire Pt. 4

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

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:

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?

5 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles :House On Fire Pt. 4

  1. I have to think about this one for a couple of days before I answer. Thank you, Pastor J for posting House on Fire series on your blog. Great discussion thus far.

      • 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? I believe it most certainly did have some bearing on the coming of the Holy Spirit for nothing is an accident. God already knew the day the great counselor would come and give power to the disciples. I think this brings us back to corporate prayer for what better time to send the Holy Spirit but during the Feast of Festivals when so many are praying fervently. I think God waited on us this time around, waiting until He heard the readiness of our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit. He already knew many would need this sign in order to repent and be saved. This sign was not only for the non-believers but for Peter as well I believe. I’m sure the words of Jesus “fisher of men” were ringing in Peter’s ears and boy, was He right, 3,000 saved in all that day, right?

      • I think the power of the Word spoken over the congregation was a powerful sanctifier that set the attitudes of the 120 in readiness to receive the Holy Spirit. I have noticed that people who receive the baptism are generally prepared in heart and mind to receive.

  2. I will attempt some kind of answer here, however I am open to correction. So from what I read here, I noticed that all of the Jewish celebrations and customs lead to Jesus in some way or an other. Not only that, I beleive God gave the jewish many customs to teach them how to prepare their vessels (bodies) for the venue of the Holy Spirit, I would even dare to say more, it was to prepare their bodies for the in-filling of the Holy Spirit and the empowerment of Him. Would have God given the Holy Spirit, the comforter, if the disciples hadn’t followed customs? I believe He would of,God is almighty, all powerful and there is nothing we do or don’t do that will change His capacity to fulfill His plans and promises. Jesus promised the comforter, thus the Holy Spirit had to come. This passage however teaches me what to do to be filled with the Power of the Holy Spirit. I do realizr humbly that it’s important to fellowship with my brethren, to study God’s word and pray with them, to sacrifice my precious time for God and wait on Him, not alone in my home. We have lacked in that sense my husband and I. We have been going to chrch on Sunday, we have been involved in all types of services, we’ve been praying and studying God’s word at home but truly get involved long term in prayer and study groups with the other members of the body we have lacked. Sadly it seems that it’s often hard to sacrifice our precious family rest after work, and any other daily duty for prayer meetings.
    Thank you for posting this study on your blog. I thank God that the Holy Spirit is a gentle Spirit and He convicts us rather than condemnmus. That gives us the opportunity to make changes in our lives in order to get closer to our redeemer.
    Isn’t God amazing. The more I discover Him the more I love Him all that because He loved me first.

    Have a great day.
    Be blessed

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