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Pentecost; Rejoice in the Lord
Acts 2:1-21; Philippians 4:4-7 Commentary
by O. Wesley Allen Jr.
With this reading the narrative lectionary takes us out of narrative order of moving through Acts and moves backward from Acts 17 (last week) to Acts 2.
The choice of reading is set, of course, by the timing of the holy day of Pentecost. The uniqueness of this day is represented by the red that comes out and adorns pulpits and tables after fifty days of white and before months of green. As the day on which we celebrate the birth of the church through the gift of the Holy Spirit, it is truly a day for rejoicing (Philippians 4:4-7), and a sermon on Acts 2 should reflect that tone for the day.
Luke’s story of Pentecost can be divided into three sections. The first section is the narrative part of the scene (Acts 2:1-13). This is the section that usually receives most preachers’ attention and for good reason. It is a sensually provocative scene with heavenly sounds filling the house, little tongues like fire resting on each person, and then the sudden experience of having languages you never studied in school popping out of your mouth as easily as your mother tongue. It is a humorous scene with the Jewish pilgrims from across the ...
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NL321: Pentecost; Rejoice in the Lord
May 20, 2018
Podcast on Acts 2:1-21, Philippians 4:4-7, the Narrative Lectionary reading for May 20, 2018, featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Mark Throntveit. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.