“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:2-4
Big things happened on the day of Pentecost! Huge things. Awe-inspiring things.
First, came the roar that Luke says sounded like a powerful wind. (My wife and I have lived through a few tropical storms and hurricanes, and we can confirm that the volume that comes through the fury of the wind can be deafening!)
Next, came what Luke describes as divided tongues of fire. Think lines or stripes of something that looked like fire—and it rested upon the believers.
Finally, Luke explains a way people communicated when the Holy Spirit fills the believers.
Luke paints a verbal picture of this supernatural scene using images that are very natural in our lives: wind, fire, and speech. Luke’s descriptions paint a vivid picture for all who read the book of Acts. However, the imagery only tells a portion of the story. What’s happened at Pentecost is different than what had ever happened before! The power of God displayed in our text is something that should cause us to consider afresh what we think we know about God. It should cause us to reflect on the character of God—and it should ultimately bring us to a point of worship of our amazing God!
Father, thank You for the natural ways You revealed Your supernatural power. Give me a heart of worship as I reflect on Your mighty power. Amen.
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