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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Acts 2:1-13 (Pt. 2) Thought/Prayer:Against Human Pride. Topics:2@end.

“Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all with one accord in one place.  Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them.  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.
“Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under the sky.  When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language.  They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, ‘Behold, aren’t all these who speak Galileans?  How do we hear, everyone in our own native language?  Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!’  They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, ‘What does this mean?’ Others, mocking, said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’”  WEB (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

When we consider all the languages on Earth, do we sometimes say, “Why”?  Why couldn’t it just be that we all speak one language.  Wouldn’t we get along better if we did?  Well, yes.  There is proof of this in Genesis 6 where the Bible describes how different languages were called into existence . . . and why.

The people of the scene described in Genesis 6 is one deep into human pride.  The people spoke one language.  They came together to build a tower to heaven.  God was displeased because a basis of the entire project was to make a name for themselves. 

God confounded their plans.  He made them speak different languages.  It seems it would be extremely difficult to build up and up and up, toward Heaven, if no person building could understand the others who were building.  Hand gestures and eye movement and body language would not do the trick.  It was way more complicated than that.

So, yes, we could perhaps get along better with one universal language.  But even then, as we consider the happenings surrounding the Tower of Babel . . . things could easily have gone sour, even with a single language.  If human pride was partially informing the building of the structure, how long would it be until those single-language folks would start arguing pridefully?  Eventually, there would probably arise resentments and jealousies regarding the project . . . perhaps even more heated with the use of the one language—- Less questioning what was said.  What was meant would have been what was meant, derogatory or otherwise.

So, we have many languages on Earth to help keep our eyes upon God.  Not that many people would think about this.  What is just is what is.  Many languages.

But should we not be thankful that it is this way, however difficult?  Picture a possible scenario.  If the Tower of Babel had been completed . . . and if humans could really climb up to Heaven on it, everything would be excruciatingly different from that point on.  I say excruciatingly because God’s plans would have been thwarted.  If we could get to Heaven by climbing step-up, step-up, then we would not have needed a Savior.  Let’s be very grateful that God squelched that endeavor into hopelessness!

Lord, we want to serve you in whatever language you give us.  Of course you understand them all.  Even limited efforts to converse in one or another language, to share about Jesus in the different languages, is blessed by you.  And the Holy Spirit will bring to others’ hearts what is to be learned and blessed from our attempts.  Help us to not shrink back from using our language to help those who face a LIFE crisis.  We won’t shrink when You are in the language we speak.

Topics:  Pray for great understanding in our own language, to be able to share freely about the Lord with others.
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