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The Book of Acts Chapter 2:1-14 (3 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they
were all with one accord in one place.
The day of Pentecost. Many people are under the
impression that this day was a day that occurred only
in Acts 2 and that they identify the supernatural
events that took place and the name, Pentecost, as
some single event that was exclusive to the church.
However, the day of Pentecost was not a special church
event, but it was a day, which was very familiar with
the Jews for many years prior to the existence of the
Pentecost, that year as always, had brought to
Jerusalem many persons from near and far. Certainly,
on returning to their homes, they could not remain
silent about the happenings of that day. There the
disciples were assembled "all with one accord in one
place" (Acts 2:1). Not that they knew in advance all
that would happen, but because the risen Lord had so
instructed them. They were obeying the divine command,
which was a part of the preparation (1:4). And their
hearts were being prepared also, for the ten days of
waiting were not spent in idleness, but "with one
accord in prayer and supplication" (1:4). All was in
readiness according to The Divine plan.
To the Jew, Pentecost was also the time when he was
under obligation to remember the giving of the law at
Sinai. Pentecost, then, was the anniversary of the
law. The law was given expressly to Israel, but the
coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was to indwell
each believer, whether Jew or Gentile. He came to
unite them into one body. The giving of the law was a
preparatory service for Israel. The coming of the
Spirit was a preparation for service for all
believers, getting them ready to carry forth Christ's
Gospel. We suggest that in the order of these Jewish
events God was preparing the way for a greater
demonstration of His power in the hearts of men
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