DAVID'S REFLECTIONS AND INSPIRATIONS
May 24 , 2015.
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The Scriptures and The Message for 5-24-2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHURCH! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs — in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 'In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'"
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
O God, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide, it is teeming with countless creatures,
living things both small and great.
There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
when you give to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created;and you renew the face of the ground.
May the glory of God endure forever; may God rejoice in God's works —
God who looks on the earth and it trembles,
God who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to God as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to God, for in God do I rejoice.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more.
Bless God, O my soul. Praise be to God!
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
[Jesus said:] "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
"I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you."
Pentecost Sunday (May 24) marks the day most Christians believe the Holy Spirit descended on the followers of Jesus after his death, resurrection and ascension. The story comes from the New Testament Book of Acts: “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.” Jesus’ followers were amazed — they could speak languages they never knew before and they could understand others they had never heard. The Apostle Peter stood up and preached his first sermon — so many Christians think of this holiday as the “birthday” of the church.
Shavuot is called the “Festival of Weeks” because it is held five weeks after the second night of Passover. Originally tied to an ancient grain festival, it eventually became the holiday that marks God’s giving of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai.
The link between the two holidays lies in their names. “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word “pentekostos,” which means 50. Pentecost comes 50 days after Easter, when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead. And Shavuot comes 50 days after the second night of Passover. Some scholars believe Pentecost owes its name to Jesus’ Jewish followers who were gathered together to observe the festival of Shavuot
Shifting from the acceptance and receiving of the law to accepting and receiving the gift and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Gifts of the spirit
The gift of acceptance!
From the Likrat Shabbat (book of worship study and song:
Reveal Yourself anew:
The Torah as our Guide:
Our God and God of our ancestors, we acknowledge your Torah as our guide. You gave unto our ancestors a Law of Righteousness. Your commandments were a lamp to their path and a light to their feet. May we, too, hearken unto you, and serve you with a pure and perfect heart.
O Lord, you revealed yourself Amid Sinai’s thunder and lightning:
But the still, small voice of Your Law is heard above Sinai’s thunderand your righteousness shines brighter than Sinai’s flames
As we seek to grow and as we seek to learn Your truth, Your Law, and Your will You reveal Yourself to us anew.
And all the knowledge thus revealed is as an echo of your voice Which our ancestors once heard at Sinai
And we, like them, make answer: All that the Lord spoke we will do.
Our Lord of wondrous revelation Reveal yourself to us!
Open our hearts to Your great love, Our eyes to the beauty of Your World
Let not self-love or pride blind us to the Glory of Your revelations Let not willfulness erect a wall of darkness to obscure the splendor of Your Kingdom
May we be every grateful for the knowledge of Your truth and Your Torah So that the teachings of our prophets and sages May come to enrich and guide our lives
May we teach Your precepts to our children with love and with diligence While sitting at home and walking on the way Speaking of them while lying down and rising up
May Your Torah be a light unto our path Dispelling mists of doubt and shadows of despair Guiding us safely past all snares and pitfalls on the road to fulfillment
Renew in us the memory of your Covenant May neither the allure of ease nor threat of pain Swerve us from our yearning to be true to you
Help us, O god of revelation To glimpse your truth in every person and nation
Let all the world perceive and know that righteousness will bring Salvation That You reveal Yourself to those who seek you with a perfect heart.
Shavuot celebrates the giving and receiving of Torah fifty days after the second night of Passover.
Pentecost is fifty days after Easter, which occurs during the Passover celebrations
The law the Torah becomes written on those with perfect hearts, the truth of this is to be glimpsed in every person and nation by those who seek God with perfect hearts.
Pentecost gives birth to the Church of every heart, person and nation. Each one gathered hears and understands in his own language. The gift of the in dwelling of the spirit moves the law and love of Go into the hearts of all gathered there. The light of the flame of the Spirit illuminates the truth and the presence for all those that are gather.
The Law, the prophets, the sages, the Love become unified. This oneness is showered upon all the people and all the nations. That they all may become one becomes a reality in this moment of birth and transformation.