Thursday, June 4
Acts 2:1-4, 41– When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 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 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… So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Pentecost simply means 50. It is referring to 50 days. Pentecost is one of three major feasts in the Bible. The first major feast is the Passover, which was fulfilled in Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Next, there is Pentecost, and it was fulfilled with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The third major feast is that of the Tabernacles. This feast has not yet been fulfilled. The last feast will happen in a moment when the trumpet blows, and we get to tabernacle with God forever.
Leviticus 23:15-16 explains how the count of 50 days is derived. “You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the Lord.
Pentecost represents a blessed reversal from the cursed judgment of Babel. At the tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9), people were prideful and went away confused, speaking multiple languages. At Pentecost, people came in submission and humility without understanding due to numerous languages yet left understanding one another and in unity.
There is a need to ask Jesus into your heart to forgive your sins. There is a need to be baptized in water. There is also a need to receive the baptism and outpouring in the Holy Spirit. Baptism in the Holy Spirit gives you empower to walk in righteousness now! This was not just a one-time event on Pentecost. There were other baptisms in the Holy Spirit, as seen in Acts chapters 8,10, and 19. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for you today, just ask.
With love and prayers,
Pastor Sherry C.