Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
Acts 2:7-8 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 2:7–8 (NIV) — 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
Acts 2:7–8 (MSG) — 7 They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?
Thoughts of Devotion:
It’s very surprising at times when we see the people God chooses. When God chooses people we think he can never use for his purposes. In this particular incident, the Jews were amazed and marveled when they saw who the Holy Spirit was being poured upon. They exclaimed, aren’t they Galileans! Since the Galileans were looked down upon as people of inferior culture, they were a considered a mixed race and viewed with contempt by many of the Hebrews. It was something out of the norm, outside the tradition to see simple people, uncultured, perhaps with little education and being used within the purposes of God.
God is always going to surprise us, the Holy Spirit always has his plans and sometimes they don’t make sense! The truth is that he has all the right to use whoever he chooses, without having to ask for permission or consent from others. In 1 Corinthians 2:14 it tells us, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Many times it won’t make sense how God decides to use our lives. Maybe others won’t approve, or understand the things that happen in our lives, but the important thing to know is we are doing the will of God!
Today the Holy Spirit desires to us the least likely, those who maybe other people have disqualified and have been overlooked. All it takes is a life that is consecrated, separated by God! In Acts:13 it tells us, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” If we only spend time with the Lord, in communion with the Holy Spirit our lives will have great value for the work of the Lord. When one spends time with Jesus things change, from being someone common, we will come to be people who will impact this generation, instruments in the hands of the Master!
Acts 2:12 (NKJV) — 12 “So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”
Acts 3:10 (NKJV) — 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Mark 1:27 (NKJV) — 27 Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”
Mark 2:12 (NKJV) — 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
Luke 2:47 (NKJV) — 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
Acts 1:11 (NKJV) — 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Matthew 21:11 (NKJV) — 11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Matthew 26:73 (NKJV) — 73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”
Mark 14:70 (NKJV) — 70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it. ”
Luke 22:59 (NKJV) — 59 Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”
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