Sermon for Sunday 06-05-2022 Day of Pentecost
Psalm 33:12-22; Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2: 1-11; John-7-37-39
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—-he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” (Psalm 33:12-22)
God blesses the nation who owns Him as Lord. This is the eternal plan to which He steadfastly commits Himself. This does not mean a nation cannot sin and come under God’s curses. It means God’s basic work is to save a people for fellowship and worship with Him.
Here the psalmist confessed that God can deliver from death, that is, prevent one from encountering an untimely death. This furnished the language to express the idea of deliverance from the far side of death, that is, by means of resurrection. By means of resurrection God does redeem from death in the fullest and most final way.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, long before we were even created, You had committed Yourself to a people that would worship You, and this has not changed. We continue to struggle each day to figure out what it is that we do believe and to commit to that belief. As human beings, Abba, we are in the midst of moral decay, seeking what we ourselves get and not You as yet. It is our covenant with You, that we will seek out people every day to share the gospel of salvation with, but there are continual distractions from the “evil one” that takes us away from focusing on You and what Your will is for us each and every day. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When God is silent on a prayer will have given up to Him, and he has not responded as yet, help us to be faithful in our prayers and to obedient to His time and not our own.”
“How the whole world had one language and common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, ‘Come, let’s make brinks and make them thoroughly.’ They used bricks instead of stone, and tar for mortar. They they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the f ace of the whole earth.’ But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to so will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will 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.” (Genesis 1:1-9)
God’s own estimate of human potentiality is one of the highest compliments paid to humankind anywhere in the Bible. Cooperative efforts which are unified and unrestricted can have almost unlimited results. The attainments of the age of Babel bear testimony of a highly advanced technology. Such attainments in contemporary times can just as certainly be used in an attempt to thwart God’s purpose for His human creatures. The common evidence for the interrelatedness of all people.
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house whee they were tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them wee filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parchians, Medes, and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phyrigia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—-we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” (Acts 2:1-11)
God gave the Holy Spirit to equip and empower the church for the task of world evangelization. The Spirit is given all believers. Without this giving and infilling of the Spirit of God upon the church, people are never brought to faith in Jesus Christ. God’s people must be dynamically related to the Spirit to be used to His agents to win others. Such relationship may confuse the world, but the Spirit’s power to raise questions is necessary for great soul willing.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within you.’ By this he meant the Spirit whom those who believed in Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7 :37-39)
Accepting Christ means accepting Him as the “Water of life.” When Jesus spoke of streams of living water, He referred to the Spirit. Jesus here brought two images together: life (v6:63) and water (3:5). Whoever believes in Jesus will be given the Spirit. This teaching is similar to Old Testament promises and to the prophecy of John the Baptist (1:33), but it goes beyond them by specifying that those who faith in Christ will received the Spirit. This happened at Pentecost (Acts 2). John clarified that the Spirit was not given until Jesus was glorified, suggesting that the crucified and risen Christ would be in a position to give the Spirit. John later carefully distinguished Christ from the Spirit so that no one will confuse them (Jn 16:7).