Topic: The Threats Against The First Christians Begins
So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” 13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”
Acts 2:12-13 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 2:12-13 (NLT) — 12 They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. 13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”
Acts 2:12-13 (NIV) — 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.”
Acts 2:12-13 (MSG) — 12 Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?” 13 Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”
Thoughts Of Devotion:
Seeing the disciples filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues, left many Jews astonished and with a sincere desire to know what it meant. They were godly Jews who sincerely sought to know the truth and desired an explanation. In Acts 2:5 it tells us, “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.” We read that they had an open attitude, they were faithful Jews to the law and they were waiting for the coming of their Messiah. Many of them had been ready to believe and accept the message of the gospel, but we see that not every one of them responded in the same manner. There were many who mocked, ridiculed, and scoffed about everything that was happening, for them what was happening was a result of being drunk! The enemy was using them to bring down the sacredness of the occasion. From that moment on we see the spiritual warfare and the assault of the enemy against the church of the Lord. This only grew as the church advanced in its mission. In Acts 4:17-18 it tells us, “But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.” 18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.”
This morning the attacks have not stopped against the church of the Lord. The enemy continues to want to silence the believers. His plan is to try to hold back the mission of Jesus through attacks, reproach, and jokes. We are living in days where many will believe and accept the glorious message of the gospel, but there will be others who because of their spiritual blindness will reject it! In 1 Peter 4:14 it tells us, “If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.”
Today is the time to announce and preach despite the oppositions that come to our lives, the enemy will not be able to silence the church of the Lord! We are the witnesses of Jesus, and nothing will stop us. We must take the same posture the disciples had, they said, “But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”” (Acts 4:19-20)
Acts 2:7 (NKJV) — 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
Acts 13:41 (NKJV) — 41 ‘Behold, you despisers, Marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, A work which you will by no means believe, Though one were to declare it to you.’”
Acts 17:32 (NKJV) — 32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.”
2 Peter 3:3 (NKJV) — 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
Jude 18 (NKJV) — 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
1 Peter 4:14 (NKJV) — 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
Acts 26:24 (NKJV) — 24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!”
Matthew 11:18-19 (NKJV) — 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
Matthew 12:24 (NKJV) — 24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
Acts 2:15 (NKJV) — 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
1 Samuel 1:14 (NKJV) — 14 So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!”
Ephesians 5:18 (NKJV) — 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
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