Today we celebrate Pentecost. And our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate Shavout.
I love this holiday!
The First Pentecost was about the Nations
The rabbis tell us that on Shavout, God descended in fire on to Mt. Sinai and gave Torah. There was lightening, thunder, smoke, horn blasts, and trembling. It was such a powerful experience, Exodus 20:18 says
“…the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke…”
People saw the thunder!
I grew up thinking the Torah was given to the Jewish people on Sinai. I love that Midrash discusses how every nation received God’s commands from Sinai.
Fire and Wind and Foreign Languages
As a follower of Jesus, knowing the rabbinic conversations adds so much more depth to Pentecost. God descending in fire descending, sound like a violent blowing wind…and people talking in the languages of all nations.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
I love that.
God’s heart has always been for the nations. And God continues to extravagantly reach out to us. In our own language. Busting out all over.
I love that we are being pursued by a such a loving God.