FROM ONE TONGUE TO MANY TONGUES
As we begin to celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the day that the Holy Spirit descended from Heaven, filled the disciples in the upper room and birthed the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with power just as He has prophesied and the Scriptures of the Old Covenant had spoken of; it is interesting to take a look back to the first celebration of the Feast of Pentecost.
It was approximately 3 months after the children of Israel had kept the first Passover, been delivered from the slavery of Egypt and were now in the wilderness to fulfill the command of God to Pharaoh, that the children should be let go, so that they could serve the Lord in the Wilderness (Exodus 7:16)
Pentecost means “50”. After 7 Sabbaths or 49 days the Israelites were to keep the Feast of Pentecost. There were 2 loaves to be waved, with other ceremonial activities. Pentecost is also known as the “Feast of the Giving of the Law”.
This is where Moses meets with God on Mount Sinai and God comes down to give His law.
Ex. 19:9 The LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak with you and may also believe in you forever.” Then Moses told the words of the people to the LORD.
And so on that very first Pentecost we have the story of God Himself coming down upon Mount Sinai and there was fire, smoke, the sound of a trumpet.
Ex. 19:16 ¶ So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
Ex. 19:17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.
Here we have ONE TONGUE. It is God Himself speaking His Word, giving the 10 Commandments and a host of sundry laws and ordinance in the following chapters of the Book of Exodus.
We also discover that the people could not stand to hear his voice, so they told Moses, that he should for them.
For 1500 years the Jewish people kept this Pentecost, the Giving of the Law. In outward form only.
From the Mount of Sinai, the Giving of the Law from the very Tongue of God Himself, the first Pentecost is a glorious appearance of the presence of the One True God. The smoke, the fire, the quaking of the Mountain. One God, One Tongue and one set of rules that is given by the One Who has created all things.
The first Pentecost is a dramatic visitation and revelation of God’s power and character.
Next? A Transition from One Tongue to Many Tongues.