Reaction to the Rushing Mighty Wind


There is always a response. It’s a law I believe. Something along the lines of ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’. (And my science teachers thought I wasn’t paying attention! I don’t even like Fig Newton’s…I was playing with those obnoxious teenager-like comments.)
That rushing might wind I talked about yesterday (you can read about it here) kicks Acts chapter 2 off with a bang. Talk about ACTION, well, this is the chapter for you!


However, following with Newton’s law, there is a reaction. I’ll let you decide if it’s equal and opposite.


And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in in his own language. Acts 2:5-7


The sound of the mighty rushing wind and the congregation speaking in tongues was so loud that the noise drew a crowd. Isn’t this true today, too? Doesn’t the crowd go where the noise is? If we are loud, if we are unexplainable, if we are obnoxious, people will come just to see what’s going on.

The sound drew a crowd, and the crowd was confused.

Were these devout men confused by the wind or floating tongues of fire? No! They were confused because each one could understand what was being said in their own native language.

Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs–we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” Acts 2:7-11


Seventeen different languages or dialects are clearly identified in that passage. All seventeen people groups could clearly understand the disciples praising God in each of their own tongues (languages). No one needed an interpreter. The Holy Spirit had come fully and was interpreting for everyone through the gift of tongues.

What an amazing event! Can you imagine being in a foreign land, showing up at a spontaneous event, expecting to be left out of communication due to the language barrier, and all of the sudden realizing that not only could you understand every word being spoken, but so could every person standing around you? Hallelujah!

So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” Acts 2:12-13

First the crowd feels amazed. We’ve been there, haven’t we? Seen something unexplainable and felt amazed, awestruck, maybe even blessed.

But then something else snuck in. Doubt. And that doubt left the observers perplexed. If they couldn’t explain or understand what they were seeing, then there was something really wrong with it. So they started questioning the very things they saw with their own eyes and heard with their own ears.

We’ve all heard that seeing is believing, but sometimes seeing things that we can’t rationalize still isn’t enough. If we can’t understand it, explain it scientifically, back it up with evidence, then we must have imagined it.

Satan likes to convince us that we are unstable mentally. That we don’t experience things the way we think we do. I believe he really pulled the wool over these folks eyes here.

Then, finally, some even go on to mock the disciples and claim that they are simply drunk on wine!

Can you imagine insinuating that God’s first infilling of the Holy Spirit was nothing more than a bunch of men who were drunk? Mocking God is not a novel idea. Our generation has nothing new to bring to this game. It’s been going on since Old Testament times.

I have to wonder what is our response to the infilling of the Holy Spirit? Do we embrace it like the disciples and those in the original congregation did? Do we marvel at it and then dismiss it like many of those observers did because we can’t understand it? Or are we willing to go as far as to mock it?

We can’t separate the Holy Spirit from salvation. Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Three in one.

I’m afraid, though, that we’ve been trying to live life with two-thirds of the Trinity.
{We’re journeying through Acts 2. You can read Rushing Mighty Wind here.}


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