Single flame of fire

The day of the nations

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!

The rabbis also teach us that God’s voice split into 70 tongues all the languages of the nations of the earth at that time.

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.

Published by

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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