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Weekly Devotionals

The Monday After the Pentecost

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Acts 2:5-12

Although many of us are familiar with the story of the Pentecost where the disciples spoke in tongues, began doing miracles, and shared meals together, many of us are not so aware of the these following events’ major unifying theme: radical unity. For example, unlike how many interpret the importance of speaking in tongues to be, verses 5-12 show the purpose of the goal of speaking in different tongues. During this Pentecost season, verses 5-12 tell us that there were God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. They were the Jews who were probably living in Diaspora ever since the fall of Jerusalem. So, the significance of this event was that now these Jews from different nations would hear the good news of Jesus’ reign and His resurrection and share the news with their own respective nations, fulfilling God’s promise of bringing the whole world together to Himself. Also, followed by this event, the author of Acts continues to show how the church begin to practice and experience unity among the rich and poor, men and women, and even the Jews and the Gentiles. Throughout the rest of the book of Acts, then, we see how the Holy Spirit unites once separated, hated, and stratified people into one household in the midst of one of the most divisive and oppressive historical contexts. This was the display of communion love as the witness of Jesus’ Lordship over our lives.

So, as we step into the first Monday after the Pentecost, I pray that the Spirit would also show you the people whom we are called to be united and share fellowship with. Like the Greco-Roman contexts, we continue to live with much division and separation from our neighbors, fueled by our apathy and individualistic worldview. Today, I hope that we all pay attention to the whisper of the Spirit and share the love that we received.