Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda:
When the Day of Pentecost had 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 whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.—Acts 2:1-4
We are in the season between Passover and Pentecost—it marks the days between Israel's Exodus from Egypt by the power of the shed Blood of the Lamb and the giving of the Law at Sinai, where God sealed His inheritance and gave His people a new identity. God was pointing to a day that was coming when He would deliver all who would believe from the bonds of sin and death, and pour out His Spirit as a guarantee of our eternal inheritance on Pentecost.
In the Jewish tradition, the fifty days between Passover and the day of Pentecost are called, "going on to perfection." They are the days God directed Israel to count the Omer (see Leviticus 23:15-16). Each day they would meditate on a divine attribute of God revealed at Sinai to more fully be transformed into that aspect of God's nature.
God always reveals Himself that we might draw us into Himself and His likeness. He wants to take us from our old identity in order to form us into His identity. Moses was a fugitive tending another man's sheep when he encountered a flaming bush near a wilderness mountain. He turned aside to see what it was, and God called him by name, commissioning and empowering him to go forth as His deliverer. Moses' personal identity connected to a corporate one.
Fifty days after Passover, Israel came to Sinai, and that same mountain where God first revealed Himself to Moses in a burning bush was now engulfed in the flames of His presence. He showed Himself to the entire nation, and in His self-revealing He called Israel into their destiny and new identity: "You shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Exodus 19:5-6). God was calling out a people that through them the whole earth would know Him.
At Pentecost, Jesus poured out His Spirit and visible flames rested on the heads of those gathered in expectation of His promise in Jerusalem. That fire was the visible presence of God seen by Moses in the bush. It was the fire of God that rested on Mount Sinai. And now, that fire was God Himself coming through Jesus to rest on individuals saying, "This is what I promised you—to be with you and in you."
Ongoing To This Day
Pentecost is a demonstration of God's crowning desire—communion with His Creation—reconciliation of man to Himself in face-to-face fellowship, joy and fullness. When the day of Pentecost had fully come, God indicated the old Adamic race was put to death in Christ, and that in Him He had created a new race, Jew and Gentile, to be His royal priesthood. Like the earthen form that became Adam in the Garden of Eden, God breathed His Spirit into His new man, earthen vessels that would carry His fire to others and draw them into Father's loving embrace.
Pentecost was not a onetime event. It is ongoing to this day. Every individual has an open invitation to come deeper into the knowledge of God through Jesus Christ. Through Him we have access to face-to-face communion with the Father. Through Him He seals us with His Spirit, anointing and appointing us to be His representatives on the earth. Let His fire rest on you, consume you, change you and bring you into your identity. He is calling you out by name to transform you from glory to glory.
Whether you have been walking in the Spirit for a lifetime, or are fresh in the things of the Lord, He is calling you to be a carrier of His glory. As we are in this season between Passover and Pentecost, let us go on to perfection. As we see Him we are transformed into His likeness and image. In Him we discover who we really are, and display to the world who He really is.
Drs. Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda
Mahesh Chavda Ministries