“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” Acts 2:1
Take one quick read of the first verse of Acts 2, and you’ll likely have at least two questions of the text:
1. Is Pentecost capitalized because it is the name of something official?
2. Who is Luke referring to when he states that “they were all together” on the day of Pentecost?
In Jewish culture, there were three primary festivals that every male within a reasonable distance from Jerusalem was required to attend—Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Pentecost, which means 50 in the Greek language, had both historical and agricultural significance. Historical, because it marked the time when Moses brought the law down from Mount Sinai. Agricultural, because it was a time when people would offer two loaves of bread to God to thank Him for a safe and fruitful harvest.
Believers from all over the region were present for the day of Pentecost. The Festival of Weeks, as Pentecost is also called, brought more people into the city than Passover. With all these believers present, God did something new and spectacular! He sent the Holy Spirit, launching a new era for the way Christ followers can benefit from His guidance and ministry.
God has now empowered all believers to live out our faith, depending upon the Spirit’s power!
Father, help me to be mindful of the impact You made on the day of Pentecost. May I faithfully follow the leadership of the Spirit in my life. Amen.
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