It was during this time that Matthias was selected as the twelfth apostle (Acts 1:9-26). 34 For David did not ascend into heaven, but he himself says. Sermon preached on the Day of Pentecost (4 June 2017) by the Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor On the Day of Pentecost The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel looks at "the overflowing love of God through the Holy Spirit", just hours after an attack in … Surely Christ’s enemies would include those who had heard Him, had observed His miracles, had rejected Him, and had taken part in His execution. 23:15-19; Num. 30 I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth— blood, fire, and columns of smoke. He is the author "Hope for Hurting Singles: A Christian Guide to Overcoming Life's Challenges. This is the good news. On the day you were created they were prepared. Peter might even have gestured in the direction of David’s tomb there in Jerusalem as he reminded his audience that David had died, and that his tomb was in their midst. Such a plague should not come as a great surprise. From this background, let us seek to learn how Peter uses Joel 2:28-32 to explain the meaning of the miraculous events that have just occurred in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. As I was studying Peter’s Pentecost sermon in Acts 2, I was almost tempted to think that Peter had violated the “five minute rule.” It wasn’t too long before I realized that Peter did not cite from Joel 2, never return to his text. I like to start my day with a morning devotional, and usually I ask God in my prayer time for the filling of the Holy Spirit. It is a huge and powerful army— there has never been anything like it ever before, and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come! Turn in your Bibles to Acts chapter 2, we begin our study this morning. This is a Pentecost sermon because this day that Peter preached was Pentecost. 3 Tell your children about it, and have your children tell their children, and their children the following generation (Joel 1:2-3, emphasis mine). 8 In Joel, as elsewhere in Scripture, the “day of the Lord” is always represented as “near.” If one were to gauge the nearness of God’s coming wrath in terms of the magnitude of our sin (rather than in terms of time), I suspect that we could always say that the day of His wrath is near. The translation project originally started as an attempt to provide an electronic version of a modern translation for electronic distribution over the Internet and on CD (compact disk). STUDIES IN ACTS (Chapters 1 – 3) by Francis Dixon Study verses: Acts 2:14-36. 25 For David says about him, ‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken. . The festival of Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after Passover. While the apostles were accused of being “full of sweet wine” (Acts 2:13, Greek text), Joel speaks of the absence of wine, so much so that normal sacrifices were impossible: 5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep! And the key to both was Him whom God had declared both Lord and Christ. Second, for those who want only a serendipity gospel of happy thoughts and of a God who is too kind to condemn any, take a good look at our text again. Of course, it was and is only a means, but it is a divinely appointed means of grace. According to the prophet Joel, the outpouring of the Spirit signaled the nearness of the “day of the Lord.” This was not only a day of restoration for Israel, it was a day of judgment on all those who had mistreated His people. 16 But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And in the last days it will be,’ God says, ‘that I will pour out my Spirit on all people, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. The message preached on the Day of Pentecost centered on Jesus as the promised Messiah. Peter said on that day. The Father is surely involved in this but Jesus is the One who, having been glorified and exalted at the Father’s right hand, bestows the Spirit on the church: “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me” (John 15:26, emphasis mine). Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. All Israel needed to know that God had made Jesus the Nazarene both Lord and Christ. If he sounds familiar, it is because that’s the same guy who wrote the gospels of Luke. What Peter Preached On The Day Of Pentecost: 3/7/1982 (SUN) ... What Peter Preached, Pentecost Katy Baptist Church Sunday Service. the day on which the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. Peter is very clear in what he is saying here in verses 33-36, and the implications are staggering. It would be further clarified in Acts 15. The point of this is that the king of Tyre manifests the same character flaws that characterize Satan himself. 2 Copyright © 2005 by Community Bible Chapel, 418 E. Main Street, Richardson, TX 75081. Like the wind, fire is also associated with God's presence in the Bible (Exodus 3:2). According to Christian tradition, the Day of Pentecost commemorates the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples in Jerusalem after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as Joel spoke of Gentiles enduring the wrath of God (chapter 3), so Peter warned his Jewish audience about this same wrath. David himself prophesied concerning the resurrection of the Messiah: 25 For David says about him, ‘I saw the Lord always in front of me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken. Wail, all you wine drinkers, over the sweet wine because it has been taken away from you. The ground is in mourning because the grain has perished. Also present were Jesus' mother, Mary, and other female followers. He has sent to you the rains— both the early and the late rains as formerly. Thus it was most appropriate for those gathered at Pentecost, to whom Peter preached. This lesson takes up as Peter stands to address this crowd, boldly proclaiming Jesus as both Lord and Christ. Thus, their guilt was greater than the guilt of the heathen. We would do well to recall that Peter’s sermon was delivered on the day of the Feast of Pentecost. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call (Joel 2:28-32). Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the temple of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord (Joel 1:13-14). Jesus was the Christ, but He was also God. The Day of Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter in Western branches of Christianity. The pain of Jesus’ leaving, and maybe the fear of what they’d risked by loving him, had reached a threshold. 9 But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). With the Holy Spirit's empowerment, Peter preached boldly to them about Jesus Christ and God's plan of salvation. First, it is a promise that God will send His Spirit upon His people as the time of Israel’s restoration and blessing draws near (Joel 2:28-29). Those who reject Jesus as the Messiah, Lord, and Christ will suffer divine wrath, a wrath that is drawing near. The promise of the Father was received by Jesus, and then poured out by Him. Christians steadfastly believe that whoever calls on the name of Jesus, repents, and believes in him will be saved: "For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Some therefore remained unsaved. As Joel indicates (Joel 2:2), this plague will be accompanied by cosmic events that are associated with the “day of the Lord”: The earth quakes before them; the sky reverberates. It is Peter’s aim in our text to emphasize the work of the Son in sending the Spirit, for it is He whom they have rejected and crucified. (iii) He was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. 11 I will punish the world for its evil, and wicked people for their sin. What I often experienced was that the Scripture text was read and then never mentioned again. I have not come on my own initiative, but he sent me” (John 8:42). 7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers! The NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION, also known as THE NET BIBLE, is a completely new translation of the Bible, not a revision or an update of a previous English version. Little did he know or see that this same text from Joel 2 would later be cited by Paul: 11 For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him. Now I believe that the Scriptures are clear on this fact. But preaching did work on the Day of Pentecost! Who preached the good news to the Jews? The sincere among this crowd wanted to know the meaning of what they heard, while others merely mocked, attributing what they heard to excessive drinking (Acts 2:12). Fifty days after the presentation of the first fruits the feast of Pentecost is celebrated, a feast that celebrates the completion of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. David was foretelling the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 60 He will infect you with all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will persistently afflict you. Call upon Him who is both Lord and Christ; call upon Him who died in your place and who was raised from the dead for salvation. If he did not promptly get to the Scripture text, I would start reading the Scriptures for myself. Today, 2,000 years later, believers are still filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and call upon the Spirit whenever they are in need of strength or guidance. The “day of the Lord” was near, and they were the ones who most deserved the judgment it would bring!12, What did “these things” (pertaining to Pentecost) mean? They had come from … 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. (Click left for an example). The One who was to bring the promised kingdom to Israel had been crucified by those He came to save. It is also the teaching of the Apostle Paul: 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. We are certain that it did at least include the twelve. After that, they and the house they were staying at were "filled" with the aroma of the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. It is available on the Internet at: That will come in Acts chapters 10 and 11. No matter what the text, the old theme arose week after week. Acts of the Apostles. His death was part of God’s eternal purpose, even though sinful men played a role in it. John 20:19–23 . the day. No, they did not. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. God does not show partiality. I expected the preacher to get to his text promptly. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 2. The day of Pentecost marks the birth of the New Testament Church and we find the account of the events that took place on that day in Acts 2. 5 In other words, Joel 3:1 in the Septuagint is actually Joel 2:28 in our English Bibles. This happened on the Day of Pentecost. 31 The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the Lord comes— that great and terrible day! 21 And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Acts 2:17-21). Do not take this matter lightly. In self defense, I established my “five minute rule” – once he began to preach, I gave the preacher five minutes to get to his text. Every precious stone was your covering, the ruby, topaz, and diamond, the beryl, onyx, and jasper, the sapphire, turquoise, and emerald; your settings and engravings were made of gold. So what hinders you from doing so? His body did not see decay. I believe that the book falls into three major sections: Section one: The Literal Locust Plague (Joel 1:1-20), Section two: The Locust Plague as a prototype of Israel’s Future Judgment (Joel 2:1-27), Section three: The Day of the Lord as Divine Blessings on the Jews and Judgment on Unbelieving Gentiles (Joel 2:28—3:21), The division of sections two and three may seem somewhat arbitrary because of the chapter divisions in our English Bibles. “For I have not spoken from my own authority, but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me what I should say and what I should speak” (John 12:49). 32 This Jesus God raised up, and we are all witnesses of it” (Acts 2:29-32). 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. 13 So I will shake the heavens, and the earth will shake loose from its foundation, because of the fury of the Lord who leads armies, in the day he vents his raging anger (Isaiah 13:9-13). This was something unusual. The rushing wind filling the whole house is reminiscent of the presence of God filling the temple in the Old Testament (2 Chronicles 7:1; Ezekiel 43:5). Third, is the assurance that all those who call upon the name of the Lord for salvation will be saved (Joel 2:32a). Red flowers may adorn alters and other areas. 12 Peter’s argument here is similar to the way Paul argued in Romans 1-3. How often our knowledge of God’s Word is only partial. 25 I will make up for the years that the ‘arbeh-locust consumed your crops— the yeleq-locust, the hasil-locust, and the gazam-locust— my great army, that I sent against you. The one who preaches represents the King and speaks for the King, and this conception of preaching must control all that is done in preaching. It was a distinctly Jewish book, addressed to those Jews dwelling in Israel, and particularly those in Jerusalem.4 It was a book that seemingly made no direct reference to the salvation of Gentiles. Peter said it in a very few words: “This is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16). ", Learn Religions uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. This lament is for the “king of Tyre” (verse 12), but some of the descriptions cannot be of an earthly king. It was completed by more than twenty biblical scholars who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. This idea is what is behind the preaching of Peter on the Day of Pentecost. It is a three-part promise. Determining who Jesus is and whether you will submit to Him, and receive His salvation, is the most important decision you will ever make. I am the Lord your God; there is no other. The disciples pressed Jesus regarding the exact timing of the restoration of the kingdom to Israel but Jesus refused to supply this information, insisting instead that they were to be empowered to be His witnesses, beginning in Jerusalem and spreading from there to all Judea, Samaria, and the remotest part of the earth (Acts 1:6-8). 30 So then, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, 31 David by foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did his body experience decay. For the harvest of the field has perished (Joel 1:9-11). The word used here for “Lord” was the Greek word often employed in the Septuagint to translate the Hebrew word for Yahweh. (Ref: Acts 2:1-) This very day is also fundamentally the birth of the NT church. 32 It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. We should remember that one of the judgments God brought upon Egypt was a locust plague: 12 And the Lord said to Moses, “Extend your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up over the land of Egypt and eat everything that grows in the ground, all that the hail has left.” 13 So Moses extended his rod over the land of Egypt, and then the Lord brought an east wind on the land all that day and all night. For the day of the Lord7 is near;8 it will come as destruction from the Divine Destroyer (Joel 1:15). Be glad because of what the Lord your God has done! If you do, you will be saved. They had far more revelation about God. 29 Even on male and female servants I will pour out my Spirit in those days. Christ cannot be ignored. Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. About 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus, the 12 apostles and other early followers were gathered together in a house in Jerusalem to celebrate the traditional Jewish Pentecost. Sermon preached on the Day of Pentecost (4 June 2017) by The Reverend Rosemary Morton, Minor Canon and Succentor On the day of Pentecost The Reverend Rosemary Morton looks at the power of the Holy Spirit and says "the purpose of the Holy Spirit is not merely to make us feel better but to shake us up and urge us to action. Jesus instructed His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until after they had been endued with power by the Holy Spirit, according to what John the Baptist had indicated in his preaching (Acts 1:4-5). I believe that we see both aspects of our Lord’s identity as Lord and as the Christ (in the opposite order) in Philippians 2: 5 You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, 6 who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. Peter promptly brushed aside the mocking explanation that those speaking in tongues were drunk. Where were the disciples? When Did the Holy Spirit Come Down on the Apostles? I’ve mentioned my “five minute rule” in the past, but I’ll repeat it for those who may not have heard it previously. On the other hand, the Book of Joel might have appeared to some as shockingly inappropriate for this occasion. Some today seem to think that one’s decision about who Jesus is and what He has done is a rather academic matter, with few implications. Acts 2:1 says, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” We’re not told specifically whether they were still in the upper room or not. Perhaps the double reference is most apparent in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, where human kings are rebuked, yet they are described in Satan-like terms. 19 All who know you among the peoples are shocked at you; you have become terrified and will be no more’”(Ezekiel 28:11-19; see also Isaiah 14:4-14). They didn’t know how to leave the isolation of that locked room. 5 For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 So when they had gathered together, they began to ask him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? The promises of God are certain that it did at least include the twelve barley and. As Jesus promised some people in the conspiracy which resulted in his sermon all! 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