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Acts 2 written for Kids (Sunday School stuff):

It was like a ripple in time that only a few noticed. More than two months had passed since the rabbi from Galilee had been executed by the Romans, and here they were again, in Yerushalayim'  for another feast day. Nothing had changed. Everything had changed. Once more, the broad southern staircase of the Temple was crowded with pilgrims. Once more, faithful Jews from every land had come to pray and sacrifice.

This time it was for the Feast of Shavuot,' and they were bringing their harvest gifts of thanksgiving, just as Jahweh had commanded back in the days of Moshe.' When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the firsifruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling place for his Name .... The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God.... Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before him.

The Jewish people had known Jahwehs presence for thousands of years. He walked with Avraham" in the Negev and met Moshe on Sinai. He parted the waters as Israel escaped from Egypt and crossed into Canaan.He guided them with pillars of fire and smoke and dwelled among them in the tabernacle and the ark. He brought them back from captivity in Babylon and lived once more in the Holy of Holies. And His presence, Ruach Hakodesh," the holy wind of God, was with them still.

Now, however, there were echoes of another presence. Although the Romans had crucified Yeshua,' the popular young teacher from Galilee, more than 50 days ago, his disciples claimed he was alive again. He had risen from the grave! These talmidim" had been staying in a home in the Essene quarter of the upper city, provided by one of Yeshuas wealthy followers,and each day they could be found at the Temple, praying and talking about him and his teachings.

Then, on the holiest day of Shavuot, the disciples went together to the Temple with great excitement, as every Jewish believer was doing.

The courts and southern stairway were jammed with people trying to get into the Temple for the nine o'clock sacrifice, waiting in line as those ahead of them pushed and squeezed into every available space. Suddenly,the ground began to shake, then the building itself, and the sound of a great wind swept over them.

They hung on to each other to keep from falling and looked up fearfully at the Temple walls, hoping they wouldn't collapse and crush them.Then, as quickly as it had begun, the trembling passed and the wind died away.

The crowd was breathing a sigh of relief and edging once more up the stairs when Yeshuas talmidim began shouting. It was as if they had suddenly gone out of their minds, for they weren't speaking in the language of the Temple. The disciples were all talking at once, and yet all the people-gathered from many nations-heard what they were saying in their own language.

Murmuring and muttering swept through the crowd."What's wrong with these men? Have they gone mad?"

A man near the bottom of the stairs began to laugh."They're drunk!" he shouted.

"We are not drunk!" yelled the disciple named Kefa." "Its nine o'clock in the morning."

Then, surrounded by the other talmidim, he began shouting tothe pilgrims gathered there: "Men of Israel, listen to this: Yeshua of Natzeret" was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs,which Jahweh did among you through him, as you yourselves know."

He swept his arms out to his sides, as though encompassing all of them. 'This man was handed over to you by jahwehs set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.

"But Jahweh raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him." 11

With passion and eloquence, the fisherman-turned-talmid - a fiery young man reputed to have defended the Galilean with a sword and then to have denied knowing him-spoke of Jahwehs promised deliverer and how Yeshua had fulfilled that promise, even as the prophets had foretold.

"Jahweh has raised this Yeshua to life," Kefa said, "and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of Jahweh, he has received from the Father the promised Ruach HaKodesh and has poured out what you now see and hear .... Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins," Yeshua's disciple had said, "and you will receive the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh." (copied from 'Echoes of His Presence - Ray Vander Laan with Judith Markham)


So there you go, even a story written and narrated for an audience of children ( and adults with small intelligence too of course ) can get the location of the day of Pentecost right and yet revivalists and Pentecostals generally have a big problem with it. 


Blessings

Mishnah..

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Eric, especially for you: no offence intended.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiCzoTs1AdE
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Eric, especially for you: no offence intended.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiCzoTs1AdE

No offense taken.. I am enjoying my furthering Hebrew studies rather immensely and I wish I was only one half a tenth as smart as Ian, because I would like to one day soon approach the study of Aramaic and of course Yiddish.. Ahh and its all good stuff.

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Hi, Eric.

To be honest it has nothing at all to do with intelligence/being smart. The only thing that separates my 'capabilities' from your own is that I've had a headstart over you of about a decade or so. So please, please (please) do stop putting me forward as the 'exemplar' that 'needs' to be copied.

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 So please, please (please) do stop putting me forward as the 'exemplar' that 'needs' to be copied.

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Ian

Yes, PLEASE!
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Ian,

 

To be honest it has nothing at all to do with intelligence/being smart.

 

‘Ahem!’ Where would one get that impression from? Hee hee

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Hi Ian,

That was just a friendly poke given in fun.. Nothing to be taken seriously.. loosen up brother, maybe Tracey is starting to wear you a little thin.

Never mind

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G'day, Eric.

Sure, and I don't take your comments of that sort seriously. But surely you would recognise that others do?

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