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Maggie Mandt | Acts 2:14-24, Isaiah 44:1-8
This selection from Acts 2 grabbed my attention and spoke directly to my heart. Peter concentrates on truths from the words of Joel that explained what would happen with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Peter's use of the book of Joel brings the promises of the Lord full circle. Joel explained what would happen on the day when the Holy Spirit is poured out on the flesh. The day arrives in the form of Pentecost but is completely bewildering to the people. These seemingly crazy or drunken acts were actually seals on the envelope…a true and perfect manifestation of the Holy Spirit, as foretold by Joel. Peter must remind the people that these events are far beyond their understanding. God's ways are much more perfect and much more full circle than they could ever have imagined. Again, when Peter explains what Jesus Christ did, how he died, and how he ascended, he explains the completion of the promises of God in a revolutionary way. This is so fulfilling to me. God has completed and will complete every single covenant that he made with his people. How grateful I am for a God who is way better at finishing what he starts than I am, justifying his beloved in a magnificent way.
Acts 2:14-24 | Peter proclaims the crucified Christ to be alive
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17 "'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 20 the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. 21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' 22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know--23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
Isaiah 44:1-8 | God gives life to the people
"But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen! 2 Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. 4 They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. 5 This one will say, 'I am the LORD's,' another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, 'The LORD's,' and name himself by the name of Israel." 6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. 7 Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. 8 Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any."