when the Day of Pentecost came, those 120 did speak in tongues. The Scripture declares, “When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” The noise they were making was such that a very large crowd gathered to see what it was all about. When that crowd gathered, maybe they came out of that upper room down on to the streets and began prophesying the words of the Lord Jesus? We are told that they were speaking in the languages of the different nationalities that were gathered there. The Holy Spirit so filled those disciples of Jesus that they were miraculously speaking in languages they had never learned and those gathered could understand what they were saying. As the crowds were questioning what was happening, Peter stood up and declared, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
(i)God must always fulfil his promises
(ii)The purpose of God cannot be stopped by persecution or threat
Eli was the priest of God at Shiloh where his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas were also priests of the Lord. The Bible describes the children of Eli as worthless men who had no regard for the Lord. They com mitted the following sins against the Lord:
They disregarded the custom regarding sacrifice to the Lord and instead of taking their share, they took what the three-pronged fork could collect from the pot.
Contrary to the custom, they demanded, with force, raw meat from those offering sacrifice, before the fat was burned.
They lay with women who served at the entrance of the gate. Even though Eli warned his children about the above evils, he did not take strict measures to stop the children from the evil acts. As a result of his weak corrective measures, the children did not listen to him, but continued in their evil ways. The attitude of the children towards the Lord resulted in a man of God coming to Eli to prophesy doom for his house, stating that the priesthood would be cut off from Eli’s house and the family destroyed to the extent that no old man would exist in it for ever and any survivor of this disaster would beg bread from the new and faithful priests to be raised by God. As a sign for the fulfilment of the prophesy, the sons of Eli would die on the same day.
(i)Parent should take time to teach their children the word of God
(ii)Parent should inculcate in their children the spirit of fear of God in all they do.
(iii)Parents have the responsibility to give their children proper training and proper discipline where necessary
Peter advised the Christians living among non-Christians to abstain from fleshy lust since it battles against the soul.
He told them to engage in honest conversation among the Gentiles so that even if they speak against them, their good works would force the Gentiles to glorify God.
Peter told them to subject themselves to every human institution whether it is the Emperor himself or the Governors that have been sent to reward those who do good and punish those who do wrong. According to Peter, if they do this, they will put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
He advised them to live as free men but should not use their freedom as a pretext to engage in evil. They should live as servants of God. They should honour all men, love the brotherhood, fear God and honour the emperor.
Peter explained that they would receive no glory if they are punished for doing the wrong thing, but if they are punished for doing the right thing and they endure, it is acceptable before God.
Peter concluded that Christ himself suffered the same fate. According to Peter, Jesus was reviled but he did not reply. Therefore, people must copy Christ’s example.
(i) Teaming up with non-Christians to develop the community.
(ii) Contributing to the meeting the needs of non-Christians.
(iii) Take part in social activities with non-Christians.
After the ten plagues, Pharaoh allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt for the wilderness to worship their God. Later, when Pharaoh realized that the Israelites had left for good, he regretted for allowing them to go. The Israelites were guarded by the Lord by a pillar of cloud during the day and pillar of fire by night. Pharaoh quickly organized his soldiers and chariots to chase the Israelites with the hope of bringing them back. They caught up with them at Pihahiroth where they had encamped in front of the sea. When the Egyptians drew nearer, the Israelites became afraid and panicked, displaying lack of faith in God and Moses. They cried to the Lord and began to accuse Moses for bringing them into the wilderness to die. They said that they should have been left in Egypt to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness Moses told them not to entertain any fear but to stand firm for the Lord would fight for them Moses again said that in no time they would not see the Egyptians again. Moses then cried to God and he was told by God to stretch his rod over the sea. After that a great wind came and drove back the waters The Israelites passed through on dry land/ground The Egyptians gave them a hot chase, but the wheels of their chariots could not move Moses immediately stretched his rod over the sea and the waters returned leading to the drowning of the Egyptians. The people then came to believe in Yahweh and in Moses His servant.
(i)Need to have faith in God.
(ii)God is always ready to protect his people in time of crisis/ provide a Way of escape for his people.
(iii)God will never allow our enemies to overcome us.