Summary: THIS SERMON IS ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM THE EVENTS ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST NAMELY 1.TIMING 2.TOGETHERNESS 3.TWINKLING 4.TRANSFORMATION 5.TESTIMONY 6.TRUST 7.TEMPLE
REFLECTIONS ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST
REFLECTIONS ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST
The timing of God is revealed in the outpouring of the Holy spirit on the day of Pentecost.It was God’s sovereign time to pour out His spirit. The disciples were faithful to wait till God’s time to receive His promise. They did not give up their tarrying before God’s time.When the time came they were ready and waiting to receive His promise.The Promise given at the the Garden of Eden that seed of woman would crush Satan took nearly 4000 years to be fulfilled at the birth of Christ. At the wedding at Cana Jesus had to wait for God’s time before He performed the miracle of turning water into wine. Joseph had to wait for a long time before God’s promise to him was fulfilled.The Israelites had to wait 400 years until the sin of the Amorites reached its full measure before they were delivered. Joshua and Caleb had to wander 40 years in the wilderness inspite of their faith because of the unbelief of the people around them. God has a time for every promise to be fulfilled. We must not give up before that time and miss the blessing.
Acts 2:1 " When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. "
Genesis 3:15 " And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Galatians 4:4 " But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, "
"On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,
and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."
Psalm 105:19 " Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him. "
" Then the LORD said to him, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.
But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age.
In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure."
" Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."
But the men who had gone up with him said, "We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are."
And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them."
There was unity and one-mindedness among the disciples.Wherever there is unity the blessing of God comes down.The spirit of God flows where there is love and unity.On the day of Pentecost they were all in one accord and in one place.Even today the spirit of God is waiting to flow where there is one accord. Let us not miss the blessings of God because of our discord and divisions.
" When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place."
Psalm 133: 1-3
’How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.
It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore."
The outpouring of the Holy spirit happened suddenly.Sometimes the blessings and the promises of God are bestowed upon us suddenly when we least expect it. When the time comes for God to bless us the process can be very sudden and surprising.Before we realise what is happening the entire situation is changed and we are completely delivered from our bondages. Joseph in the Old testament had such a surprise for him .Though he spent many years suffering in prison suddenly one day he was delivered and he became the ruler of Egypt.Even in our lives our deliverance can be very sudden and surprising.