When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” —Acts 1:1-13
At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was given to those who had believed and enabled them to speak in foreign languages that they had not learned. Jews and proselytes heard these Galileans speaking in their native tongue— “we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Those hearing were questioning what this meant and then there were others who mocked at what was happening saying, “They are filled with new wine.”
At the Tower of Babel because of disobedience the Lord had scattered the people by confusing their language so they could not understand each other. “So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel —because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:8-9). They were scattered by language groups.
Now, at Pentecost the Holy Spirit enabled these Galileans to speak languages they had not learned to communicate “mighty works of God.” People groups from all over the known world heard and wondered what this meant. Then of course there were others who mocked.
Every believer receives the Holy Spirit upon believing the gospel message (Ephesians 1:13-14). He teaches, guides, comforts, intercedes for us and He also can be grieved by us. We are to yield to Him and not the flesh. He seeks to do so much in our lives that we cannot do by our own strength. May we yield to Him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r2jDvZzd9U
Dear Father, may I yield to Your Holy Spirit in the authority of Your Son today and for the rest of my life. May this be so!