Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting.

And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.

Acts 2:1–4 NET Read More

This is it! This is the day! This is the thing that Jesus promised would happen! This is what the disciples have been waiting for!

Now what exactly happened is tricky to sort out. All of the movies show a wind, but there wasn’t a wind. All of the movies show fire, but there wasn’t a fire.

There was a sound like a violent wind in the place. They were probably in a room that we would think of as a rooftop patio. It might have a loose roof and fabric walls for privacy, but it’s not a super private and closed area. It was filled with a loud wind sound.

The sound was loud, but along with the sound came diamerizo glossa like fire. Again, it wasn’t a fire, but the way the diamerizo glossa spread across them all, it was like a fire sweeping through.

So from various translations, we got “tongues of fire” but it is more like “languages spread like fire.”

That’s what the diamerizo glossa is. Diamerizo is split up and divided, like brown and serve biscuits that come in a box. They are together, but after you bake them you diamerizo them out to all of your hungry kids and give them butter.

Glossa is language. So after the loud wind noise, everyone had something to say. They were all given languages like grandma passing out hot biscuits. Somehow they knew they had these new languages, and they started speaking them.

Remember how the lame person was healed and they got up and danced around? Remember when Jesus brought that little girl back from the dead and they gave her something to eat? Or how about the Lazarus’ wake turned into a party?

When the disciples got their new biscuit of language, they used it immediately. They began to speak as the Spirit enabled them.

We had to put a hush order on one of our kids once when he learned how to whistle. I’m glad you learned how to do this kid, but you can’t lie in your bed and whistle songs while we’re all trying to go to sleep!

The disciples were no different. They had been spending 10 days praying and praising God, worshipping Him together. Now they had a new way to do it and they just kept on doing what they had already been doing. Like a guitar player being handed a banjo.

As we learn to pray, maybe instead of asking God to give us new ways to pray, we should just pray. As we pray and worship, God will guide the way we do it as we surrender to Him.


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