“The Promise”- Acts 2:39

A beautiful, pious day of worship that had been anticipated by those like Jacob Tobiah is rapidly turning into a circus.

Listen as this Jewish man from Mesopotamia shared his frustration to those who would listen.

 ”Why is this happening to me? I have traveled many days to celebrate Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks, in the holy city of Jerusalem. I follow the steps of my father and his father before him who also came to this city to worship Jehovah in the Temple. Now the holiness of this day is ruined with people shouting and telling of an amazing wind and fire of the Spirit of God that has blessed the followers of a certain rabbi. Not only that, these local Galileans are speaking the languages of those who are here to worship on this holy day. I even heard my own native Assyrian tongue spoken by a Galilean. Some have suggested these Galileans are mad or drunk. What am I to think? But wait, a follower of the rabbi has come forward. What does this man called Peter have to say?”

So he listened to Peter who explained from the Scriptures the promise that God had made. The hallowed legend of the promised Messiah was real. Yes Jacob, the Spirit and the promise explained on this day was for you and for all people.

Question of the week: What festival did the Jewish people celebrate on Pentecost, fifty days after the Passover?

Answer: The Book of Leviticus (23:15-17), records information about the Jewish feast, known by its Greek name, Pentecost. The ‘Festival of Weeks,’ which is the Jewish harvest festival ‘Shavuot’ commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. Moses received the Ten Commandments fifty days after the Exodus.