by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Ten days after Jesus left this earth came the celebration of the Jewish festival of Pentecost. It occurs fifty days after the Resurrection so it is always on a Sunday. Pentecost was a feast celebrating the close of the barley harvest season and the giving of the Law.
The book of Ruth was always read since the barley harvest is one of the contributing themes to the book. Of greater significance is the fact that Ruth, a Moabitess and non-Jew, married into the Jewish faith. As a result of her marriage to Boaz, she entered the line of kings, King David, and ultimately, Jesus Christ.
At its core, Pentecost is about the gospel reaching all peoples. It is then no surprise that on Pentecost, people from all over the known world gathered in Jerusalem and heard the gospel in their own language. As they returned to their homes, the good news of salvation spread far and wide.
At Babel God scrambled the languages to disperse a people seeking to proclaim their own greatness. In a kind of reverse, at Pentecost God supernaturally gave people from many nations clarity in understanding the greatness and love of God as they heard the Good News in their own language.
We have the same task, sharing the gospel in a language the people understand.