Pentecost: The Jewish Feast and the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4)

Acts 2:1-4

The first question that comes to mind when we read this passage is, “Why were they all together in one place?” Sure, before his ascension, Jesus had told them to go wait in Jerusalem, but this takes place a few weeks after that. It’s probably true that they weren’t all together all the time. So why were they all together now?

Because they were celebrating the Jewish feast of Pentecost. So the next logical question is, “What does Pentecost celebrate?” Pentecost celebrates when God gave his Law to Moses. It is during this celebration that those present receive the Holy Spirit. What is the connection between the Jewish feast and the reception of the Holy Spirit? One cannot help but think of Continue reading