What's the Big Deal

For some reason the book of Acts is somewhat controversial in the eyes on the American church. There are denominations walls that are built around the theology that is contained in this book. It is a powerful book that reveals to us the Holy Spirit which is now available to all who seek it.

So let’s first ask the question, what changed on the day of Pentecost. The day the Spirit fell, which is recorded in Acts 2 was not the Holy Spirits birthday! The Holy Spirit was present at creation: Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

So where was the Holy Spirit before Acts 2? There are many references where the Holy Spirit would empower specific believers in the Old Testament to do God’s work. Lets look at a few examples:

when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them. 10 The Spirit of the Lord came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.

Another example of the Spirits work is found in Numbers 11:24-27

24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied—but did not do so again.

26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”

Here we see evidence of Spiritual gifts that are later reference in the New Testament, but it’s also the evidence that the Holy Spirit operated in a different manner than He does today. Then we come to the prophet Joel who writes in Joel 2:28-29:

“And afterward,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,