Acts 2 1-13
“What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12)
Jewish Feast of Weeks/Pentecost is Fulfilled in The Church’s In-gathering (Eph. 2:11-22)
A Change of Babel’s Sign of Judgement to Jerusalem’s Sign of Grace
“What Shall We Do?” (Acts 2:37)
“Repent” (Aorist Active Imperative) a command for you yourself to change your mind and believe the apostolic testimony once and for all. v.38
“Be baptised” (Aorist Passive Imperative) a command to let yourself be immersed once and for all. v.38
“Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit” (Future Middle Indicative) subsequently you will receive unto yourself and on your own behalf the Gift of the Holy Spirit of promise. v.38; John 20:22
“Save yourself from this corrupt, (Grk. Lit. crooked, perverse, unfair, warped and twisted) generation”. v.40
“Keep on being filled with the Spirit” Eph. 6:18
"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit” Eph. 4:30
“Keep in step with the Spirit” Gal. 5:25
“Do not quench the Holy Spirit” 1 Thes.5:19
“Do not lie to the Holy Spirit” Acts 5: 3
“Maintain the unity of the Spirit” Eph. 4:3
“Discover the Spirit’s gift to you and use it” 1 Cor. 12
“Don’t Blaspheme the Holy Spirit” Matt. 12:31
The Jewish Feast of Pentecost celebrated the gathering in of the wheat harvest by taking wheat, grinding the individual grains into flour and combining both the yeast of sin and the oil of the Holy Spirit to produce two loaves prophetically representing Jew and Gentile in the One New man called the Church; the habitation of God by His Spirit.
Today we celebrate this “two becoming one” in another unique expression. Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Days War (June 5-10, 1967) and the Reunification of Jerusalem to Israel. From the establishment of the Jewish state on May 14th 1948 until 1967, Jerusalem had belonged to Jordan. But after Israel was attacked by three Arab countries, Egypt, Syria and Jordan and once again miraculously defended herself, Jerusalem was taken back from the attacking Jordanians and has been in Israeli territory ever since.
While control of the city of Jerusalem remains divided and a “cup of trembling” to all the nations that seek to interfere with it, the coincidence of this 50th anniversary with Pentecost is unique and makes us even more alert to the next Jewish Feast, the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets in type represents the Rapture of the Church from this world and the unfolding of the apocalyptic events of the Book of Revelation until the time when the Jewish nation will say “Baruch haba be’shem Adonai”…Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Are you waiting and watching for the blessed hope…the glorious appearing of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ? (Titus 2:13)
May this Pentecost remind us “what these things mean” and “what we should be doing” as we look expectantly for His coming for us.
The Lord be with you.