Bible Commentary: “They Will Not Understand Each Other” Pentecost Sunday

May 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” (Genesis 11:7)

Today is the Day of Pentecost.

In Genesis 11:1-19 we read the following account, “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.  That is why it was called Babel –because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth”.

At United Nations Plaza located in Manhattan, New York, there is a small army of persons employed as interpreters. When the representatives of each nation sit in session there is an interpreter that is translating what is being said, in whatever language, into their language so that they may understand. Due to the rebellion of our ancestors and the punishment for their disobedience the nations of the world today still cannot understand each other.

In Acts chapter 2 we learn the solution to this problem of non-understanding, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.  Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs–we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues (Acts 2:1-11)”! The Holy Spirit knows and understands each language; after all He was the one who created each of them. Therefore the Holy Spirit can provide the ability to speak and understand each language depending on need.

Child of God – the evidence of speaking in tongues is not some mystical religious ceremony that is given to really holy persons that are especially favored by God. No, speaking in tongues is a gift from God so that we might speak to Him beyond our ability to think and better understand the Word of the Lord when we are in a group and we speak in tongues the language of somebody else in it and we don’t understand it but they do. God knows what we all need and sometimes it is easier to get us to intercede for or ask for certain people or needs if the Holy Spirit just does it for us out of our hearts and mouths. It’s a gift! God wants to give it to us let us just receive it with joy.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for the wonderful gifts that you have given to your people. I want to be open to receive all of them and use them for your glory and my edification. I submit my tongue to you so you can actually use it to speak through it. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.


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