This article first ran in the Summer 2003 issue of Enrichment Magazine (2-pages).
We need to be people of the Spirit (Ruach) to effectively communicate the gospel to the Jewish community’
Jesus’ ministry to His own Jewish community bore signs of divine energy as
He performed miracles to bless His Jewish kinfolk and to signal divine confirmation
of His heaven-sent message. Jesus, like Paul, recognized that the Jew
requires a sign. The Torah was received on Sinai 50 days after the Passover exodus (on
Shavuot or Pentecost) amid the thunderous noise and fiery presence of God.
Jewish tradition holds that God spoke in 70 languages on that occasion to
indicate the universal intent of His Word. On another Day of Pentecost in a
different millennium, 120 Jews in Jerusalem were filled with the Spirit
amid a rushing mighty wind and tongues of fire. Heaven’s message was
presented by a host of tongues to internationally gathered Jewish minds and
hearts. Luke made clear the Jewish response was immensely positive.
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