Today is Pentecost Sunday! The day we celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit for every believer.
The Jewish equivalent is the Feast of Weeks or the Feast of the Harvest -- seven weeks after the after the Passover, plus one day. We celebrate Pentecost, 7 Sundays after Easter.
For the Jews, it was the second great festival of their calendar. It was a celebration of their harvest of the first yields. In other words, the first crop of the season was time to celebrate was God was giving them-grain! They were to offer up to the Lord, the beginnings of their harvest.
In the same way, Pentecost symbolizes the beginning of the harvest of souls for God’s kingdom. The whole dynamic of how God worked with people changed.
It went from the occasional Holy Spirit coming ON people to the constant on-going infilling of all believers.
We're going to tie Pentecost in with where we are in our study of ACTS. We left off 2 weeks ago with Peter & John healing the crippled man.