Vs. 12-13 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Typically, when I quote Scripture, I don’t start mid-verse. That’s a great way to take it out of context. However, in this case, if I give a synopsis of the passage, I think it will be okay.
Here we have the same passage as last week with an additional verse. Paraphrased, it says, some were astonished while some were sardonic. The astonished ones said, “Aren’t these men all Galileans we hear speaking each in our own native tongues? The sardonic ones said, “It’s 9:00 in the morning and they’re all drunk!”.
So then, I asked myself these two questions: If the disciples received the Holy Spirit in the upper room, where did all these other people come from and, after hearing them each speak about God in their own language, why was anyone making comments about intoxication, especially at 9:00 in the morning?? I would have thought that the miracle of hearing God praised each in their own respective languages would have brought all cheers, not jeers!
Unless the disciples came down from the upper room and ventured outside, the locals and visitors could only hear the men speaking in tongues through the windows of the house. Eventually, Scripture tells us that Peter and his disciples stood up. At that point, the disciples probably went outside to speak with their fellow Jews as well as their mockers. However, we do know that many heard Peter’s message, about 3,000 that day, that many were baptized and many were added to their ranks.
Can you imagine being a ‘fly on the wall’ of the upper room? Imagine being there while the men were praying for the Spirit to come upon them. Then, lo and behold, there is a howling wind and a fire descends upon them from heaven. and then, there is an abrupt pause in the stormy gale around them. All is silent.Then a peace descends upon them all from on High. Slowly but surely, one, then another, start to pray in Greek, then Syrian, then still another, unrecognizable language, until it becomes a full chorus of languages praising God and shouting his truths. Amazing, Awesome, Magnificent! A Holy light descends upon them and the glory of the Lord shone around them. I can only imagine.
Once they were Spirit-filled, the men were empowered, enabled to use their God-given gifts and perform miracles in Jess name. The rest, as they say, is history.
So, what takeaway do we have this week? A question to ask ourselves, a thought to ponder? How about this: You are in the upper room with Christ’s disciples waiting for the arrival of the Holy Spirit. You’re not quite sure what to expect. So, you’re praying for him to come, maybe with one eye closed and one eye open so you don’t miss anything. And then….a mighty rush of wind blows suddenly through the room…What happens next?
You can only imagine. Pray, my friend, if you’ve never experienced the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit, I encourage you to pray so you may experience what happens next! It may not be the gifts of tongues, or prophecy but it will be something special between you and the Holy Spirit.
Till we meet again!