STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF ACTS – CHAPTER 2 : VERSES 1-41
I remember a comment we’d make in High School when we had to study for a test and really didn’t want to. It went something like I’ll try using osmosis by placing my books under my pillow.
I wish that were true…especially when studying the Bible, right!
In Chapter 2 of the Book of Acts, we’ll see a group of people experience a supernatural event. I call it “downloading the Holy Spirit.”
Act 2:1 – When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 – Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 – And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now that is a bit freaky. I don’t remember that happening to me when I gave my life to Jesus but it doesn’t discount the fact that it actually happen. They were God-intoxicated and given the ability (for that moment) to speak in another foreign language.
Pentecost is a Jewish feast when Israel received the law, and when the Holy Spirit was poured out, it carried a new meaning. Jesus fulfilled His promised to send the Helper and we are no longer under the letter of the law but under a new covenant – the law of grace.
Act 2:5 – And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
Act 2:6 – And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
Act 2:7 – Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
Act 2:8 – “And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
Act 2:9 – “Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
Act 2:10 – “Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
Act 2:11 – “Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
I know people usually start teaching on “tongues” which is a hot topic that gets people fired up (excuse the pun) but that’s not the case right now.
Imagine with me that you’re holding a Rosetta Stone CD to your forehead and by the magic of osmosis, you instantly know Chinese…and Kungfu. Woot! That’s like The Matrix. =)
Act 2:12 – So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”
Act 2:13 – Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”
Act 2:14 – But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.
Usually when we’re in denial, we detract an issue with humor or insult.
But this was Peter’s cue to whip out some Holy Spirit Kungfu!
Act 2:15 – “For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
Act 2:16 – “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
Act 2:17 –
‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
Act 2:18 –
And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
Act 2:19 –
I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
Act 2:20 –
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
Act 2:21 –
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the LORD
Shall be saved.’
Act 2:22 -“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—
Act 2:23 – “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
Act 2:24 – “whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
Act 2:25 – “For David says concerning Him:
‘I foresaw the LORD always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
Act 2:29 – “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Act 2:30 – “Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
Act 2:31 – “he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
Act 2:32 – “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
Peter hits them with a combo of prophecy and end-time events. It’s like watching a Manny Pac-man fight but the one where he wins. Woot! You know that! =)
Act 2:33 – “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Act 2:34 – “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
‘The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Act 2:35 – Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’
Act 2:36 – “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
If you want to know how to be a fisherman of souls, Peter’s sermon is a good start.
Act 2:37 – Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
I love watching the Holy Spirit work especially when He disarms the most hostile heckler.
Act 2:38 – Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Act 2:39 – “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
Act 2:40 – And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
Act 2:41 – Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Paul’s music band was a no show and his Power Point file got corrupted by a virus. So how was this possible? Paul used the power of the Holy Spirit to clearly present the Gospel message and 3,000 were soundly saved. Isn’t our God awesome!
Have you heard the story of the Prince, Princess and Tiger’s Pit?
Below is the best parable I’ve heard and hope you share it with others.
Years ago, I was told the story of a wonderful prince, the heir to the kingdom, who had married a wife who proved to be undeserving of him and of his love. During a time of rebellion, she went out and lived in open adultery with the leader of the rebellion. When the rebellion was subdued, the princess was brought to justice and the court decreed that she should die in the tiger’s pit. Outside of the city, in a clearing in the forest, a pit had been dug. In the pit was a post, and those victims, who were so executed, were tied to the post. And during the night the tigers, drawn by the scent of human flesh, would come and devour the victims. The day of execution came and she was led into the woods and tied securely to the post there in the bottom of the pit and was left to her fate.
As it grew darker, she heard the crunching of gravel above her head. Looking up, she saw silhouetted in the evening sky not the form of a tiger, but of a man, who vaulted down into the pit. She recognized him to be the prince, her husband that she had betrayed. She turned on him in anger saying, “What have you done? Have you come to mock me because of the fate that I have?” He said, “No, I have come to prove to you how much I’ve always loved you. You’ve never understood that.” With that, he waited silently in the pit until again there was crunching at the top of the pit. And now a tiger, drawn by the scent of human flesh, circling the pit, and then the fast footsteps as it approached and leaped into the pit. But instead of leaping upon the princess, it met the unsheathed sword of the prince. There in the darkness a fierce battle ensued, until finally the princess could hear the death throes as the last bit of life was leaving, and then just the dripping of blood.
As it became daylight, the men from the city came to take the remains of the princess and bury them. To their astonishment, they found that the princess was in good shape, still tied in the center of the pit. But over in the corner, and almost drowned in his own blood, was their beloved prince, and next to him a tiger that had been killed.
They lifted him out of the pit and carried him back to town and called the best physicians in the kingdom. For three days he hovered between life and death. Every hour a bulletin went out throughout the kingdom telling of the condition of the prince as he fought the battle for life. Finally, on the third day the news went out that the prince has passed the crisis and would live. All within the kingdom rejoiced.
In the meantime, the princess had again been incarcerated because the court’s judgment had not been executed. Again, she was brought to trial and now the verdict was to be given. All the people of the kingdom gathered in the great arena to hear the verdict against the princess. As the crier stepped forth, he said, “Hear ye, hear ye, the decision of the supreme council.” Then turning to the princess he said, “Over on your right there is a door, and behind that door there stands your husband, the prince, the one that you betrayed. Over on your left is another door, behind which are several tigers. If by five o’clock this evening you do not go to the door on your right and enter that door declaring to all within the kingdom that from now on you will be a faithful and devoted wife, then the door on your left will be opened and the death which he almost died to save you from will come upon you, and this time without any hope of escape. And the story ended, which door?
But as you see the story, you realize that we are the guilty princess, and that we rebelled against the Lord, who loved us so much that He came to prove His love by dying in our place. Now there are two doors, two things that can be done for your sins. Totally forgiven by your commitment of your life to Jesus Christ, or if you fail, then the death from which He died to save you will come and there will be no hope of any escape. “For how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” So really, you have to put the ending on the story yourself. Which door? You are the one that puts the ending on the story.
(From Chuck Smith sermon on Hebrew 9-10)
Let’s stop here and finish up the rest at a later time….it’s snack time! =)
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