Public Reading of Scripture (Acts 2:14‑36)

Turn to Acts chapter 2 for our public Scripture reading.

We’ll be reading verses 14 through 36, where Peter is explaining to the Jews what they had just experienced. The Jews had just heard the apostles speaking in multiple known languages so that each man could hear the apostles praising God in their own tongue.

Some of the Jews were amazed but some mocked and said that the apostles were drunk.

And so, today we’ll see Peter explaining what these Jews had just experienced.

First, he denies that they’re drunk – that’s the obvious truth.

But then beyond that, Peter tells the Jews that God had prophesied through Joel that he would pour out his Spirit on his servants. And that’s just what they in fact were experiencing!

Peter reminds these Jews that they crucified Jesus. But he declares that God reversed their decision by raising him from the dead. And he points out that David even foretold his happening in Psalm 16!

And it’s this resurrection and ascension to the Father that allowed Jesus to send this promised Holy Spirit.

And so, Peter ends by declaring that this crucified, risen, and ascended Jesus is now both Lord and Christ. And he’s poured out his Spirit upon his servants.

So, I’ll read aloud Acts 2:14-36 while you follow along in your Bibles.


KJV Acts 2:14 ¶ But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them,

We’re not drunk

Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

God Prophesied that he would pour out his spirit (Joel)

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,

I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above,
and signs in the earth beneath;

blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood,

before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You crucified Jesus but God raised him from the dead

22 ¶ Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

David prophesied Jesus’s resurrection (Psalm 16)

25 For David speaketh concerning him,

I foresaw the Lord always before my face,
for he is on my right hand,
that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice,
and my tongue was glad;

moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell,
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;
thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Peter interprets Psalm 16 in relation to David

29 ¶ Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

Because Jesus is ascended to God, he sent the Holy Spirit

33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

David prophesied that Jesus would ascend to God

34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself,

The LORD said unto my Lord,

Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

The ascended Jesus is both Lord and Christ

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Closing Comment

And may God see to it that there’s not a soul in this room who does not know assuredly Jesus as both Lord and Christ.

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