We just celebrated Pentecost Sunday, the day we recognize the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the church. This account is given for us in Acts 2, and over the next few posts I would like to have a few snippets of biblical theology lacing the Scriptures together. This will be easier to read this way, rather than a lengthy essay.
For example, Pentecost in Acts 2 is a reverse of idolatry/adultery committed with the nation of Israel and the golden calf from Exodus 32. In Exodus we see that Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving Word from God, while his brother was down creating a god reminiscent of their former slave masters. When Moses comes down the mountain he dashes the tablets of stone, grinds up the golden calf and makes the Israelites drink their own sin, and then Moses calls out that if any are faithful they should join him. The Levites rise up, and this is how they become the priests, the guardians of the Tabernacle and then the Temple. They draw their swords and slay about 3,000 men (Exodus 32:26-28).
Now in Acts 2 we see the scattered nation of Israel gathered at the Temple, Jews from all over the world gather to hear the preaching of God’s Word. They are called to repentance of their sins and recognition of the true Lord and Messiah, Jesus Christ. Peter preached to them, and the sword of God’s Word cut their hearts and they cried out, “What must we do to be saved?” Peter’s answer was to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins. No longer are they to drink the water of wrath, but they are to be cleansed by water in the Name of the Triune God. No longer does a sword of steel come upon them, but the sword of the Word. No longer are the sins of the generations carried on, but the promises of God are for us and our children. No longer do they eat the dust of their idolatries, but they eat the broken body of Christ. That day, at Pentecost, when the glory of the Holy Spirit descended in rumblings and thunder claps (just like on Mount Sinai) 3,000 men were saved (Acts 2:37-42).