What kind of morning do you suppose it was that day long ago when the apostles and fellow believers in Yeshua, “…were all with one accord in one place”?
The Scriptures say, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come…” “fully” meaning, I would imagine that the counting of the Omer was complete and it was the fiftieth day.
Was it a beautiful, clear, cool morning? Was there anticipation of something more than the traditional looking forward to and celebrating of a bountiful harvest?
There were two kinds of believers there that morning, weren’t there.
The promised Holy Spirit came.
“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…” Acts 2:3-4 AKJV.
This was the experience of the believers in Yeshua.
But there were other believers.
“And there were dwelling a Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.” Acts 2:5 AKJV.
These “devout men” had the “Word” (Yeshua in Spirit and in Truth), believed it and lived by it. It had been given to Moses at Sinai by God and to the people who had agreed to enter into covenant with God. (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In Him was life.” John 1:1,4).
These “devout men” were in covenant with Yeshua, in a sense, through their receiving and accepting of the Word given long ago at the Mount though they didn’t know it just that way. But maybe that was about to change for them.
They had not received the Holy Spirit.
Peter explained things to them and upon hearing they were “…stung in their hearts” (Acts 2:37 CJB). “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37 AKJV).
Peter tells them, “Turn from sin, return to God, and each of you be immersed by the authority of Yeshua the Messiah into forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh! Acts 2:38 CJB.
“Return to God” recognizes that they knew Him and His ways but what was their sin?
“…You keep examining the Tanakh because you think that in it you have eternal life. Those very Scriptures bear witness to Me, but you won’t come to Me in order to have life! John 5:39-40 CJB.
They lived by the Word but when the Word stood before them they would not acknowledge Him, even knowing that those very same scriptures they lived by identified Him as Messiah, Son of God.
These repented and returned, were added to the family.
There is a pattern of sorts here, maybe better said a warning light for we who are believers.
Be on guard, engage in constant self examination that we may be living an outward form of God approved life but not the substance or spirit of it. We can think we are doing everything right but maybe we’re falling short in some way.
When we are “stung” in our hearts may we repent and turn back to God.
We pray Your Spirit in us will confirm when we are in harmony with You, Father.
And may Your Spirit convict when we stray.
May Your Spirit and our obedience in hearkening to it, grow continually stronger in our lives.
May there be in us a true spirit of repentance and correction.
May it be so out of fear of disappointing you, out of a true love for You, because You are worthy.
Teach and enable us Father, to live for You, worship and praise You, in Spirit and in Truth.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,
May God’s love be in us all.