Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Testament in a Year - June 23


Acts 2:1-21 - Easy-To-Read Version (ERV)

June 23

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The Coming of the Holy Spirit
21When the day of Pentecost* came, the apostles* were all together in one place.
2Suddenly a noise came from the sky. It sounded like a strong wind blowing. This
noise filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw something that looked
like flames of fire. The flames were separated and stood over each person there.
4They were all filled with the Holy Spirit,* and they began to speak different
languages. The Holy Spirit was giving them the power to do this. 5There were some
Jewish men that truly worshiped God in Jerusalem at this time. These men were from
every country in the world. 6A large group of these men came together because they
heard the noise. They were surprised because the apostles* were speaking, and every
man heard in his own language. 7The Jews were all amazed at this. They did not understand
how the apostles could do this. They said, "Look! These men (the apostles) that
we hear speaking are all from Galilee* ! 8But we hear them in our own languages.
How is this possible? We are from different places: 9Parthia, Media, Elam, Mesopotamia,
Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia,* 10Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the areas of Libya
near the city of Cyrene, Rome, 11Crete and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews. Others
are converts.* We are from these different countries. But we can hear these men
in our own languages! We can all understand the great things they are saying about
God." 12The people were all amazed and confused. They asked each other, "What is
happening?" 13Other people were laughing at the apostles. These people thought
the apostles were drunk from too much wine.

Peter Speaks to the People
14Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles.* He spoke loudly so that all
the people could hear. He said, "My Jewish brothers and all of you who live in Jerusalem,
listen to me. I will tell you something you need to know. Listen carefully. 15These
men are not drunk like you think; it is only nine o'clock in the morning! 16But
Joel the prophet* wrote about the things you see happening here today. This is what
Joel wrote: 17'God says: In the last days, I will pour out (give) my Spirit* on
all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy.* Your young men will see visions.*
Your old men will have special dreams. 18At that time, I will pour out (give) my
Spirit* on my servants, men and women, and they will prophesy.* 19I will show amazing
things in the sky above. I will give proofs on the earth below. There will be blood,
fire, and thick smoke. 20The sun will be changed into darkness, and the moon will
become red like blood. Then the great and glorious day of the Lord will come. 21And
every person who trusts in the Lord will be saved.' (Joel 2:28-32)

Footnotes: Pentecost Jewish festival celebrating the wheat harvest. It was fifty
days after Passover. apostles The men Jesus chose to be his special helpers. Spirit,
Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter.
Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. from Galilee
The people thought men from Galilee could speak only their own language. Asia The
western part of Asia Minor. converts People that changed their religion to become
Jews. prophet A person that spoke for God. Sometimes prophets told about things
that would happen in the future. prophesy To speak for God. vision(s) Something
like dreams used by God to speak to people.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."


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