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Peter’s Criticism

In verses 22-36, Peter really lets the crowd have it. He pointedly blames them for Jesus’ crucifixion.

Surprisingly, this approach draws in thousands of new believers.

Acts 2:19-21

Peter continues his quote from Joel. It concludes with the promise that “everyone who calls / on the name of the Lord will be saved.”


19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
   and signs on the earth below,
   blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
   and the moon to blood
   before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
   on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (Acts 2:19-21, New International Version, ©2011)

The Little Red Book of Wisdom (Revised Edition) by Mark DeMoss

If you’re looking for a quick, insightful read in the tradition of Life’s Little Instruction Book, then I highly recommend this book.

Mr. DeMoss, president of the DeMoss Group, divides his book into two main sections, professional and personal wisdom.

The author shares that he received more feedback about the value of writing pen-and-ink letters as opposed to emails. This is a valuable insight and great advice.

The book is filled with contemporary proverbs like “under-promise, over-deliver” and “knowledge has right answers, wisdom has right questions.”

To collect more pearls of wisdom, read this book!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for my unbiased review.

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Not Drunk, Joel

Peter explains that this outpouring of the Holy Spirit was described by the prophet Joel:

Peter Addresses the Crowd
 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

 17 “‘In the last days, God says,
   I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
   your young men will see visions,
   your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
   I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
   and they will prophesy. (Acts 2:14-18, New International Version, ©2011)

Drunk?

In verses 1-13, we read about the arrival of the Holy Spirit.

As a result, the disciples start speaking the gospel message in foreign languages.

As impressive as this is, some of the crowd joke that the disciples are drunk.

When we see the impossible, it’s easier to make fun of it than believe it.

Outline of Acts 2

  1. The Holy Spirit arrives
  2. The disciples speak in tongues
  3. Peter chews out the public
  4. 3000 people believe and join the apostles
  5. The believers live in community together

 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”  14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

 17 “‘In the last days, God says,
   I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
   your young men will see visions,
   your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
   I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
   and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
   and signs on the earth below,
   blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
   and the moon to blood
   before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
   on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

 22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:

   “‘I saw the Lord always before me.
   Because he is at my right hand,
   I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
   my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
   you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
   you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

 29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. (Acts 2, New International Version, ©2011)

The Sacred Meal by Nora Gallagher

This is the sixth book in the eight-book Ancient Practices series published by Thomas Nelson.

The author shares several personal experiences surrounding her service of Communion as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. Each story unearths another level of community and connection via celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Ultimately, she concludes that the practice of Holy Communion is an important window into experiencing the “ongoing incarnation” of Jesus Christ.

If you are interested in learning about how you, too, can experience the Incarnation via the sacred meal, then I recommend this book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in return for my unbiased review.

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