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Pentecost - Gifts of the Spirit
Acts 2:1- 4; Galatians 4:1-7 Commentary
by Frank L. Crouch
It’s helpful to remember that Pentecost as a festival day did not originate with the story in Acts.
Pentecost was a Jewish festival fifty days after Passover, involving “a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing that you have received from the LORD your God.” The feast included “you and your sons and your daughters, your male and female slaves, the Levites resident in your towns, as well as the strangers, the orphans, and the widows who are among you,” and was based on remembrance “that you were a slave in Egypt” (Deuteronomy 16:9-12).
According to the interconnections between the story in Acts and the admonitions in Deuteronomy, the church born at Pentecost has several distinct features.
The Church remains connected to its roots in slavery and deliverance. The Old Testament Pentecost remembers and embodies the story of God bringing people out of slavery into their own land with their own harvest and bounty. The New Testament Pentecost stands between the story of Matthias being selected to replace ...
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Narrative Lectionary 085: Day of Pentecost
May 19, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. The readings for Day of Pentecost are Acts 2:1- 4; Galatians 4:1-7; and Luke 11:11-13.