Baptism in the Holy Spirit Series
The Lord has dealt with me for about a week now to get back to why the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is so important. Many have expressed an interest in this, and this is one of the most important gifts a believer can and should receive. Grab your coffee or tea and delve into this wonderful and enlightening subject with me!!
I have heard it taught erroneously that the baptism in the Holy Spirit and messages in tongues would only take place in church IF there was someone there that knew the language. They would then be the one to interpret. There is one place in the Bible this did happen and I will go into further detail of that in a moment.
A message in tongues can be in a foreign language that is known to us on the earth, or it can be a heavenly language that is unknown to ANYONE on the earth. It is by the Holy Spirit the message is given through someone who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit and the interpretation is given by someone the Holy Spirit chooses to use. My church has tongues and interpretations in almost every service, yet it is not a language any of us are native to or have learned!
I was amazed tonight when my pastor handed these facts out as notes for us. It went hand in hand with what God had spoken to me before I got to church as to what He would have me to write about through the coming days! These notes are taken directly from my pastor’s message!
On the day of Pentecost, as is mentioned in Acts 2:1-11 The outward physical signs reminding the people of the date of the Giving of the Law a showing a change in God’s dealing with His people is shown by the baptism with cloven tongues of fire. This day is symbolic because they were gathered in Jerusalem for the Jews to celebrate the giving of the Torah. This day was a contrast to the Feast of the Uninformed-we find in Deuteronomy 16:16. During this time all Jewish men made pilgrimages to Jerusalem on the feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tabernacles.
As we see in historical review the Feasts for the Uninformed-the feast of weeks became a time of recommitment to all that is Jewish. Fifty days after Passover, God visited the people…thus this feast is a time of reflection and rededication to the Torah (Ten Commandments). The book of Ruth is read in the synagogue. This is considered to be a story about the voluntary embrace of the Torah and what it means to be Jewish.
At Sinai– Exodus 20:1-20- “When the Holy One presented the Torah at Sinai, not a bird chirped, not a fowl flew, not an ox lowed, not an angel ascended, not a seraph proclaimed Holy. The sea did not roll and no creature made a sound. All the vast universe was silent and mute. It was then that the Voice went forth and proclaimed, ‘I am Hashem, your God.’ When God revealed Himself to Israel, the world fell silent…(Chemosh Shemos…Exodus 20, I, Stone) Verse 18…Note that it does not say “the thunder”, but “the thunderings”. God’s voice, as it was uttered, split up into seventy voices, in seventy languages, so all the known nations should understand.
2. Exodus 19:16-19 “In the occasion of the (giving of the Torah) the children of Israel not only heard Hashem’s Voice but actually saw the sound waves as they emerged from Hashem’s (God’s) mouth. They saw them as a fiery substance. Each commandment that left Hashem’s mouth travelled around the entire camp and then to each Jew individually, asking them, “Do you accept upon yourself this commandment with all the Jewish Law pertaining to it?” Every Jew answered, “Yes” after each commandment. Finally, they saw the fiery substance which was engraved itself on the tablets. Does this sound a bit familiar? How did the Holy Spirit come in the upper room? As cloven tongues of fire and sat upon the head of each one! Remember the Old Testament is ALWAYS a type and shadow of things to come in the New Testament!
3. Pentecost, to the Jew, celebrates the revelation of God at Mount Sinai. Shavuot (Pentecost) is called the season of the “Giving of the Torah” in Hebrew because this is the literal day that God revealed Himself to the people of Israel as they stood at the base of Mount Sinai (Seven Festivals of the Messiah).
4. Exodus 32:27-28 Those who involved themselves with the worshiping of the golden calf were slain while Moses was on the mountain top receiving the Ten Commandments from God. There were 3,000 in all.
On the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-11, the outward physical signs reminding people of the date of the Giving of the Law and showing a change in God’s dealings with His people took place. In Acts 2:41, 3,000 were saved vs. in Exodus 3,000 were slain. It was no longer by the letter, which brings death, but by the Spirit (the Holy Spirit came and filled the upper room and the spoke in tongues) which gives LIFE!
2 Corinthians 3:6-9 in The Message Bible states:
4-6 We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this—that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation. We wouldn’t think of writing this kind of letter about ourselves. Only God can write such a letter. His letter authorizes us to help carry out this new plan of action. The plan wasn’t written out with ink on paper, with pages and pages of legal footnotes, killing your spirit. It’s written with Spirit on spirit, his life on our lives!
In Acts 2:10 The Jews were celebrating the giving of the Torah and realized the change of the dispensation of the law to the dispensation of grace! According to 2 Corinthians 3:6 not the letter of the law which brings death, but by the Spirit, which gives life just as we read in the Message Bible.
This is why, in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they heard their own language, EVERYONE! It was a symbolism of a passing from one dispensation to another! (These are my notes from my pastor according to what he preached last night).
Now we see that when a message in tongues is given, someone of that tongue does not have to be present for the people to be ministered to, although they CAN be! The interpretation is ALWAYS given by the power of the Holy Spirit, NOT someone’s knowledge of that language!!
This is a little background for you, precious reader on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. I hope this clears up any confusion you may have had about some things on the day of Pentecost. Come back tomorrow for even more on this vital subject and how it is important and vital to a powerful prayer life!!
Remember, I write Christian devotions daily! I pray you are blessed by them!! Blessings in abundance to you, precious reader!! Juliana