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The message that Peter delivered came after a powerful move of the Holy Ghost, the first of its kind (Acts 2:1-15). This move of God was so powerful that it drew thousands of people within Jerusalem to its epicenter. What were they drawn by? Was it the mighty rushing wind as mentioned in Acts 2:2? No. It was the sound of the 120 speaking in tongues, the sound of which was not unlike music carried on the wind*. Upon finding a bunch of backwoods Galileans seemingly speaking uncontrollably in multiple languages, the multitude labeled them as drunk or crazy (2:12-13).
However, Peter immediately and soberly stood up in the midst of the crowd and let them all know that these people were not drunk (2:14-15). He then proceeded to outline what they were witnessing and the doctrine behind it, utilizing an uncanny knowledge of scripture that ranged from the Torah to the Psalms to the major and minor prophets. The doctrine he handed down that day would be referenced in writings throughout the history of the early church, making its way to several individuals and congregations afterwards. This message bridges the Old Testament and New Testament, tying the two covenants together and heralding the message of salvation to all peoples.
*In Acts 2:6 the word noise is likened to the musical tone of instruments
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.