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Summary: Last week we learned there was a thunderous sound that filled the place where the 120 were praying. The noise was similar to that caused by a violent wind. We learned that the thunder was there to make God’s presence known to His people, to defeat His e

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We had established that the feast of Pentecost was one of several solemn Jewish celebrations. Jesus became the Lamb of God that took away our sin on the day of Passover. But 50 days later, the Bible declares there were 120 people praying in the upper room when the Holy Spirit came upon them. Out of a simple harvest celebration, came the first fruits that would begin what is today the body of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Last week we learned there was a thunderous sound that filled the place where the 120 were praying. The noise was similar to that caused by a violent wind. We learned that the thunder was there to make God’s presence known to His people, to defeat His enemies and to command and perform miracles. Today we continue asking, how will it be when the Holy Spirit comes?

I. HE WILL COME WITH CONSUMING FIRE

“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” (Acts 2:3)

A. After the thunderous sound came what seemed to be fire

1. This was like a flame of fire that came inside the house

2. Later on it divided and rested upon each individual

B. The fire was not a symbol of purification or judgment

1. The believers had been forgiven of their sins, thus no need for judgment

2. The blood of Jesus had purified them already

C. In the Bible, God manifested Himself with fire

1. To establish a covenant with His people

“When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates - the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.’’” (Genesis 15:17-21)

a. God had called Abram and Abram had responded in faith

b. This pleased God who then demanded an offering from Abram

c. Abram complied with the offering and God was again pleased

d. God made His presence known by fire

e. God then made a covenant with Abram that he would inherit the land

i. The promise was also extended to Abram’s children

ii. It would take place even though Abram may not be able to witness it

2. To call His people for special tasks

“There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight — why the bush does not burn up.’ When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses! Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’” (Exodus 3:2-4)

a. Moses had spent 40 years in the desert

i. He must have thought he was all washed up

ii. From being a prince, he had become a shepherd

b. But God had not forgotten the calling He had given Moses

i. God literally drew him out of the waters to be His servant

c. The time came when God reminded Moses of the calling

i. God manifested His presence by fire

d. Moses responded to God’s call for a mighty task


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