Day of Pentecost      June 4, 2017               (New Living Translation)
Acts 2:1-21 (Filled with the Spirit)
or Numbers 11:24-30 (The spirit rests on Israel’s leaders)
Psalm 104:24-34 35b (Renewing the face of the earth)
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 (Varieties of gifts the same Spirit)
or Acts 2:1-21 (Filled with the Spirit)
John 20:19-23 (The Spirit poured out)
or John 7:37-39 (Jesus the true living water)

Acts 2:1-21
The Holy Spirit Comes

2 On the day of Pentecost[a] all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a
sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3
Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone
present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[b] as the Holy Spirit gave them
this ability.

5 At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. 6 When they heard the loud
noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the
believers.

7 They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8 and
yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! 9 Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people
from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas
of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And
we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” 12 They stood
there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

Peter Preaches to the Crowd
14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all
of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as
some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was
predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘In the last days,’ God says,
  ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
  Your young men will see visions,
  and your old men will dream dreams.
18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit
  even on my servants—men and women alike—
  and they will prophesy.
19 And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
  and signs on the earth below—
  blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
20 The sun will become dark,
  and the moon will turn blood red
  before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.
21 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
  will be saved.’[c]

Footnotes:
2:1 The Festival of Pentecost came 50 days after Passover (when Jesus was crucified).
2:4 Or in other tongues.
2:17-21 Joel 2:28-32.


Numbers 11:24-30
24 So Moses went out and reported the Lord’s words to the people. He gathered the seventy elders and
stationed them around the Tabernacle.[a] 25 And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he
gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they
prophesied. But this never happened again.

26 Two men, Eldad and Medad, had stayed behind in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but they
had not gone out to the Tabernacle. Yet the Spirit rested upon them as well, so they prophesied there in the
camp. 27 A young man ran and reported to Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp!”

28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ assistant since his youth, protested, “Moses, my master, make
them stop!”

29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that
the Lord would put his Spirit upon them all!” 30 Then Moses returned to the camp with the elders of Israel.

Footnotes:
11:24 Hebrew the tent; also in 11:26.


Psalm 104:24-34
24 O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
  In wisdom you have made them all.
  The earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
  teeming with life of every kind,
  both large and small.
26 See the ships sailing along,
  and Leviathan,[a] which you made to play in the sea.
27 They all depend on you
  to give them food as they need it.
28 When you supply it, they gather it.
  You open your hand to feed them,
  and they are richly satisfied.
29 But if you turn away from them, they panic.
  When you take away their breath,
  they die and turn again to dust.
30 When you give them your breath,[b] life is created,
  and you renew the face of the earth.
31 May the glory of the Lord continue forever!
  The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made!
32 The earth trembles at his glance;
  the mountains smoke at his touch.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.
  I will praise my God to my last breath!
34 May all my thoughts be pleasing to him,
  for I rejoice in the Lord.


Footnotes:
104:26 The identification of Leviathan is disputed, ranging from an earthly creature to a mythical sea monster
in ancient literature.
104:30 Or When you send your Spirit.


Psalm 104:35
35 Let all sinners vanish from the face of the earth;
  let the wicked disappear forever.
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!