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OF THE WORK by the work of serving God’s people that they Mk 11: 22-24


pray as if everything depends on them and work with


the peace that comes from knowing that everything depends on God. This attitude allows a minister to have the staying power to do God’s work without taking on too much or worrying about succeeding at it.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER TWO Acts 2:1-11 Footnotes:


The Spirit comes


2, 1-4 : Luke’s Pentecostal narrative consists of an introduction, a speech ascribed to Peter declaring the resurrection of Jesus and its messianic significance, and a favorable response from the audience.


It is likely


that the narrative telescopes events that took place over a period of time and on a less dramatic scale. The Twelve were not originally in a position to proclaim publicly the messianic office of Jesus without incurring immediate reprisal from those religious authorities in Jerusalem who had brought about Jesus’ death precisely to stem the rising tide in his favor.


2, 2: There came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind… wind and spirit are associated in Jn 3, 8. The sound of a great rush of wind would herald a new action of God in the history of salvation.


2, 3: Tongues as of fire… (see Ex 19, 18) where fire symbolizes the presence of God to initiate the covenant on Sinai. Here the holy Spirit acts upon the apostles, preparing them to proclaim the new covenant with its unique gift of the Spirit.


2, 4: To speak in different tongues…ecstatic prayer in praise of God, interpreted in vv 6 and 11 as speaking in foreign languages, symbolizing the worldwide mission of the church.


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