Acts 2:5-13 (ESV)
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Bewildered. Amazed. Astonished. Perplexed.
Clearly something is going on here that those seeing it and hearing it cannot easily explain.
Yet Peter understands full well what is happening. Because it’s a fulfilment of prophecy from the Book of Joel. (Ac 2:16)
Although Paul talks about believers being ‘baptized into one body’ (1Co 12:13) the suggestion here is that this is a special occasion.
That the blessing of the Holy Spirit at this time is not general but specific.
And what an amazing and astonishing thing to behold.
For the ‘mighty works of God’ were being extolled. (v.11)
Interesting that many believed yet some were ‘mocking’. (v.13)
prayer : help those of unbelief to be amazed and astonished at the ‘mighty works of God’
action : help me to faithfully extol and explain the ‘mighty works of God’ to friends & family