I like this quotation taken from Matthew Henry:
“This feast of Pentecost was kept in remembrance of the giving of the Law upon Mount Sinai, whence the incorporating of the Jewish church was to be dated, which Dr. Lightfoot reckons to be just one thousand four hundred and forty-seven years before this. Fitly, therefore, is the Holy Ghost given at that feast, in fire and in tongues, for the promulgation of the evangelical law, not as that to one nation, but to every creature.”
God has a tendency to “repeat” what He does, not because He does not have other resources but it is for the betterment of our learning experience because we are so dull and slow to learn. It is when we go and search for something outside, supposed “new light”, and speculating is when we find ourselves victimized by what is called, “spurious doctrine.” “These things were done for our example” is a familiar phrase found in Scripture.
We do not have to speculate what took place on that day on Mt. Sinai and we do not have to speculate what was taking place in Jerusalem. If the actual event itself, “Pentecost” is the memorial of the Mt. Sinai experience, we must incorporate the fact into our belief and find relevance.
God was setting His church, Israel, out of all the nations in the world, to be their example, by giving them a Law which would distinguish them from all other people and be a witness for God. The same took place at Pentecost. God was setting His church, the “spiritual” Israel, out of all the nations in the world, to be their example, by giving them a “Law” which would distinguish them from all other people and be a witness of God. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit each were involved at both occasions to bring man to an acknowledgment of God. How does one acknowledge God? It is by doing what God says do. How do your children acknowledge you? Is it not by being faithful and honorable or is by transgressing your “law” and disobedience?
From both Mt. Sinai and Jerusalem will go the standard of witness to those nations who do not know God. How about those who “claim” to know God and love Him? The Bible is clear:
“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15 (KJV)
“If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” John 15:10 (KJV)
“He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:4 (KJV)
The only way we demonstrate our love for God, for Christ and respecting the Holy Spirit is by keeping God’s Commandments. What Jesus did was simply live out the Ten Commandments, as our example. He stressed the keeping of His Father’s Commandment. He did not give any new commandments, sadly as some believe who are too literal in their understanding, to supersede His Father’s because this shows contradiction, an irregularity and they, the Father and Son, are “one” together in purpose, intent and relationship to us.
What took place in Pentecost was to take us back to Mt. Sinai where we are given God’s requirements for ourselves and as a witness to others. What could you possible witness about if it is not in keeping with God’s Law? The enemy would have you to think you could witness about “love”, “relationship” and other such, but the Bible is clear, if you are not keeping God’s Commandments there is no “love”, there is no relationship, but there is deception and it needs to be made clear so you can get onto the proper track before it is too late.
April 25, 2016