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Saturday, October 13, 2012
What kinds of tongues were being spoken at Pentecost? Were any of them unknown (so-called "heavenly") languages?
Acts 2:6 reads, “When this sound occurred, a
crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in
his own language.”In the Greek, Strong’s number 1258, the word language is
translated dialektos, διαλεκτος, which means conversation, speech, discourse,
language, the tongue or language peculiar
to any people.These were not unknown
“heavenly” languages. The Bible is clear; those that were filled with the Holy
Spirit spoke in tongues, or languages, understandable to the crowd. Bock
states, “They hear the message “in their own language” as the disciples speak to
them in tongues.”He goes on to say, “This
direct communication bewilders or perplexes them.”
This bewilderment comes from the idea that
Galileans are uneducated and can’t possibly speak all these different
languages; it is obviously the power of the Holy Spirit and clearly His filling
the believers on the Day of Pentecost. There is an interesting parallel with
the speaking in tongues issue on the Day of Pentecost and the Scripture
regarding Babel – God confusing language, and here, God causing language to be
understood. God is looking for all cultures to experience the gospel message of
Jesus Christ. I like what an article I read states,
St. Luke's Pentecost story from the Acts of
the Apostles, which puts the issue of the multiculturalism of the Gospel firmly
before us with its reversal of the lower of Babel story and its resulting
confusion of languages (Genesis 11:1-9) to the new reality of everyone hearing
"them speaking in the native language of each" (Acts 2:6).
It is our “new reality, ”e God
wants everyone everywhere to hear the gospel, and He wants it done where
everyone gets it.