Turn to Acts 2 for our public Scripture reading.
We’ll be reading the first 13 verses of Acts chapter 2. And in these verses we see two main realities that Luke records for us.
The first is the filling of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. This is the start of the New Testament Church. This is when Jesus began building his church – as he promised that he would do during his earthly life. And he continues to this day to do this – and it all started back here in Acts 2.
The second reality that Luke records for us is the response and reaction of the Jewish people to the effects of this filling by the Holy Spirit. The disciples were all speaking in recognizable languages – and each man from any number of nations could hear them praising God in their own language.
And as we finish the reading of this section we’ll see a response that is far too common even in our day. That response to God’s work in this world is so often… mocking.
So, follow along in your Bibles as I read Acts 2:1-13.
Filling with the Holy Spirit (1-4)
KJV Acts 2:1 ¶ And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,
and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire,
and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and began to speak with other tongues,
as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Reaction by the Jews (5-13)
5 ¶ And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another,
Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians,
we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another,
What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said,
These men are full of new wine.
And may the Lord today help each of us to respond to the proclamation of his wonderful works not with mocking but with amazement and trust.