Day of Pentecost Day 50
When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. Exodus 20: 18 (NIV) This was the very first “Pentecost” at Mount Sinai.
The disciples were sitting (a resting/waiting position) in the Upper Room when it filled with a loud noise and fire started resting on their heads. The Holy Spirit had come to man to do His work here on earth. Contrast this to Exodus when a man is fighting in his own power to get to God; then when they saw Him they really did not want to go to Him. One thing is certain, God knows how to make an entrance, and get man’s attention.
The roll call of nations shows just how spread out the Jews had become and tells us where the message was about to go to when the Feast of Weeks was over. 1 Corinthians 14: 22 + 23 could have been written that morning; some said they were out of their minds while others believed that God was doing something powerful.
Peter, when he stood (position to work), was outside of the Temple and not confined to the rules of religion or paradigms that wanted “God their way.” The Spirit met the disciples in a place of prayer where they were waiting for Him.
Peter’s sermon was a masterpiece. He talked about current events, explained the Gospel and God’s purpose what had happened just fifty days before, and then brought in David and how God spoke through him. The message about David brought all of the events together. David supposedly was born and died on Pentecost so he would have been on the minds of everyone in Jerusalem.
Today, I have asked myself why the Spirit came on this Feast day. I guess the typology of the crops will have to do for today. At Passover, the barley was brought in (symbolizes the Jews), the wheat crop was brought in for Pentecost (the Gentiles), and in the seventh month the figs and other fruit were harvested (the final revival).
Please visit this blog to see more about figs. http://ferrelljenkins.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/zaccheus-climbed-up-into-a-sycamore-tree/ The fig pic is from – http://www.raysfiginfo.com/graphics/sycamore04.jpg