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#131 New Wine?                                                                                                 October 2, 2016

 

Acts 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

Initially, those who had heard the speaking in tongues had been “confounded” as verse six told us, and they were “amazed and marvelled” as verse seven told us.

Verse eleven then reveals what the thousands upon thousands gathered at the temple were hearing that day, in their own individual, different languages, as the twelve manifested God’s gift of holy spirit by speaking in tongues:
11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

Verse 12 reveals even further that:
12  And they were all amazed, and were in doubt [perplexed or very perplexed ], saying one to another, What meaneth this? (Although the KJV has “in doubt” in verse twelve, many of the translations have the more accurate “perplexed” or “very perplexed.”)

Apparently, however, there were others in the crowd that didn’t like what they heard.  They didn’t like hearing “the wonderful works of God.”  They wanted to “mock” what God had brought to pass on the day of Pentecost.
13  Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

What these “others” seemed to be saying in their diabolical mocking was that Peter and the rest were drunk on new wine.  But because “new” wine is unfermented wine having no alcohol in it, and because everyone present would have understood that, they would have further understood that these mocking “others” were really accusing Peter and the other eleven of being crazy, insane.  The “others” began to declare that what was being said by the manifestation of speaking in tongues was not “the wonderful works of God,” but that it was insanity - Peter and the others were simply crazy.

At the moment of their devilish accusation everything could have gone south.  What would you have done if you had been Peter or one of the rest of the eleven?  How would you have responded?  Would you have gotten into a shouting argument that you were not crazy, that the manifestation of speaking in tongues was not insanity?  That might not have gone well.  You might have ended up simply giving evidence that what the “others” had accused you of was actually true.  The Peter we read about in the Gospel records wasn’t smart enough to deal with this potential disaster - but God was!
14  But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15  For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour [about 9am] of the day.

Peter understood, as did everyone else who had heard the vicious accusation of the mockers - that these “others” were really saying he and the eleven were crazy, insane.  But instead of getting defensive, instead of arguing with them, Peter acted according to the revelation God had given him.  Literally, by revelation, he mocked the mockers.  In essence, by the revelation God had given him, he chuckled and said,  “That’s silly, fellas.  Ha! Ha! Nobody gets drunk at 9 o’clock in the morning!”  Instead of the crowd laughing at Peter and the eleven - and by extension, God - they were now laughing at the mockers.

Peter dealt with that situation by the revelation God had given him and he then went on to teach the Truth of God’s Word as to what had just occurred on that great day of Pentecost.  What he taught was then received by about three thousand.  (Acts 2:41) 

Without an understanding of the manifestations of the gift of holy spirit it is difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile the Peter in the Gospel records with the Word picture of Peter on Pentecost.  God marked out the giving of His gift of holy spirit by the manifestation of speaking in tongues.  But verses 14 and following reveal the operation of other manifestations as well.

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