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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pentecost.....


Today being Pentecost Sunday, the passage read is texted below.....

The biblical narrative of Pentecost, where the 12 Disciples of Christ received the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room, is given in the second chapter of the [Book of Acts]. As recounted in Acts 2:1-6:

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude together, and was confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language”.

The vision of the risen lord strengthened their faith in the Master and his teachings. The descent of the Holy Spirit emboldened them further to take on the world. They stepped out into the world and began to speak as instructed by the Lord. At the end of their proselytizing they ended with the words……. “Eisa kalam” ‘Kalam’ = ‘Word’ which meant “the word of Eisa(Jesus)”. Centuries later some of them would conclude in the local language which roughly translated as “the word of Eisa(Jesus)” while in English speaking regions we hear today as “the word of the lord(Jesus)” while those in the region of Jerusalem and its beyond accepted no change and continued to say “Eisa Kalam” which meant  “the word of Eisa(Jesus)”………….. the only change was with time……….. ‘ka’ got silenced, ………………………..and they continue to say “Eisa lam”







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