Happy Pentecost! Come, Holy Spirit!
Some information on Pentecost:
Pentecost in the time of the Apostles was a great and grand harvest celebration. The streets of Jerusalem were clogged with thousands of pilgrims who had come from every point of the compass to celebrate the goodness of God and the bringing in of the wheat harvest. Pentecost was the Greek name for the feast—the Jewish people called it the “Feast of Harvest” or “Feast of Weeks,” because it came fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits, which celebrated the beginning of the barley harvest. (Fifty days equaled seven weeks, so it always came “a week of weeks” after Firstfruits)
Modern Christians observe Pentecost as a holiday, not to celebrate a wheat harvest, but to remember when the Holy Spirit filled the Church with power and added three thousand new believers in Acts 2.
John Gill expresses the significance in his commentary:
“Through this baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, the apostles became more knowing, and had a greater understanding of the mysteries of the Gospel, and were more qualified to preach it to people of all nations and languages.”
(adapted from a post on Christianity.com)
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