“Give Ear to My Words!” Acts 2:14
Peter, empowered by the Spirit, spoke to the crowds gathered on that Pentecost day in Jerusalem telling them to listen. His exact words were, “give ear to my words.” Then Peter brought them to the Word, that is to Jesus, with the words of Scripture given in the Book of Joel. Using prophecy that was familiar to listening Jews, Peter gave to those listening the good news that Christ had died for them. The promise was for them.
Following Peter’s message, led by the spirit, those that received Peter’s word, confessed and were baptized and over 3000 souls were added that day to His kingdom. May our ears hear the Word.
Question of the week: What does Pentecost mean?
Answer: The word Pentecost means fifty. To understand this event, we must understand the Jewish Feast of Pentecost. It was not by coincidence that God poured out His Spirit on the disciples on that day. Fifty days after the Passover, the Feast of Pentecost, also called the Feast of Weeks, was celebrated by the Jewish people. Pentecost was an initial harvest feast, where the Jews were to offer to the Lord the first fruits of the new grain. In later Judaism (two centuries before Christ) Pentecost was a time to celebrate the giving of the Law at Sinai where God had made a people for Himself, similar in a way to our Independence Day.