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#34 Acts 2:17

Pour Out My Spirit

 

I have made my decision.  I know you have been on pins and needles since I told you I was thinking about changing the 50 Memory Verse Challenge to a 40 Memory Verse Challenge.  I have decided… to only do.. 40 verses.

--Partly, because I don’t think very many made it past 20.

--Partly, because we are going to have some other speakers over the next few weeks.

--Partly, because my brain is full.  I can hold 40.

--Partly, because of what we are going to do next year…

 

2016 is going to be about Connections.

--We will be working in the Gospels to see how Jesus connected to his Father and how he connects to us. 

--Since the 10 verses I am dropping are Gospel verses, we will memorize them next year.  We are not missing out on 10 verses we are just expanding them to next year.  

--I am excited about next year.  “It’s only September, Tim.”  Still, I can get excited about is still 4 months away.  We have already been working on the theme for next year.

Anyway, I have decided to drop the memory verses from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which puts us into the book of Acts this morning.

 

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Memory Verse number 34…

 

Here is the picture. 

 

 

Here is the fun part of this memory verse.   You get to pick the next phrase to finish it. Here are your choices…

 

 

#34 Acts 2:17-18 “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.” 

--and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, kids and teens pick this one

--and your young men shall see visions, young relative to Jimmy

--and your old men shall dream dreams; obviously.

--even on my male servants

--and female servants… Those who feel like you work harder than the rest of us… certainly all the women. 

 

 

…in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

 

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We have the verse memorized.  But, now, we need to figure out why it made the 40 Memory Verse Challenge list.  Why does God declare that in these last days I will pour out my Spirit on all people?  This has the sound something important; but why? 

 

Let’s go to Acts chapter 2 and find out.  Acts 2 happens on the Day of… Pentecost.  This is one of the most famous chapters in the Bible because it is the chapter that the rest of the Bible points to. “What?”  The Old Testament is building up to the Day of Pentecost.  The rest of the New Testament explains what happened on that day.  The rest of the New Testament explains what Acts 2:17 means… I shall pour out my Spirit on all flesh.  “That could be right. You are looking at the Bible through the lens of Acts 2:17.   That is an interesting proposition.”  Let’s try it.  Are you in?  Pay attention as I attempt to look at the whole Bible through Acts 2:17. 

 

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--In the Beginning the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the void; the darkness; the waters.  Through the Spirit, God said… “Let there be light” and there was light. The Spirit is involved whenever there is creation.  The Spirit is involved in making new.  The Spirit is about power.  In Acts 2 there is creation, new being formed; power.  In Acts 2:17 the Spirit of God is hovering over the dark waters of humanity about to burst forth in creation of new, powerful life! 

 

--As God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of evening in the Garden, all God wanted was relationship.  God wanted to love on his children.  God wanted to be involved with his creation.  In Acts 2 we have the Spirit being poured into God’s children to create a permanent sealing; a continual relationship. “It’s connecting.

 

--But Adam and Eve busted that all up when they disobeyed God.  From the moment when God cast them out of the Garden, until Acts 2, the relationship which God craved was damaged. 

 

--There were bright spots amongst the OT darkness;

-Noah saved his family and a bunch of animals.

                -Abraham was faithful, even to the point of be willing to offer his son; Isaac.

                -Isaac, and Jacob and Joseph did good and bad and became the people of God.

 

--But all through those years there were not any walks in the cool of the evening.  There is little mention of the Spirit being connected in making anything new or creation or power.  What you do have through these years are promises, we call… covenants. 

                -A rainbow promises no more floods to wipe out humans.

                -To Abraham…Through you all the nations will be blessed.

                -There is a Promised Land.

There is a sense that God is waiting for something big to happen, which is going to make things new again; something more going to be created; something powerful coming.  These promises are a hint of Acts 2:17. 

 

--Then, came Moses.  Moses performs spectacular miracles.  Power is a work in forming something new.  There is a nation being formed.  The Spirit of God is at work again; creating.

                -10 plagues force the release of the slaves to be a nation.

-A law is given at Mt. Sinai.

                -A tabernacle is built and filled with the Spirit of God.  God is dwelling with his people.  A thin place is created in the Tent where God is intersected with humans.  But it is only priests who enter into that thin place. 

                -There is a new thing; a special people God amongst them; sort of.  God is forming a people for a purpose.  That purpose is for someone special to be born.  (We know it is his Son.)

 

--After 40 years of more rollercoaster in the wilderness, Joshua leads him people into the Promised Land.  There is once again something new going on.  Once again the Spirit is powerful…

                -Walls fall down.

                -Great battles are won.

                -Great judges rise up filled with the Spirit to war against the evil.

But you don’t get the feeling that God is truly embedded into his people.  Some worship him. But mostly things have turned terrible. Some call upon him and you see the Spirit temporarily fill people with power for the moment.  But, there is still no constant relationship.

 

--The judges turn to Kings and the rollercoaster continues. 

                -Saul is great, then terrible.

                -David is spectacular! But then fails… spectacularly.

                -The Spirit is working; then he’s gone.

                -All through the kings, some are good, but most are detestable

 

--Through the kings something begins to get exciting.  The prophets appear.  They start pointing to something on the horizon that is going to be creation; new and power.  The prophets begin to point to a Messiah who is going to renew it all.  Listen to some excerpts…

 

ESV Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.               

 

 

ESV Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.      

 

 

ESV Malachi 4:5 "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.”

 

 

ESV Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 

 

These prophets point to a Messiah who would bring the Spirit.

 

 

ESV Jeremiah 31:31-34 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD.  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

 

 

There is a new covenant coming when God will be amongst his people.

 

 

ESV Joel 2:26-32 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.  You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame.  "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.  Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.  "And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.  The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes.  And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.

 

The whole Old Testament is pointing to the Day of Pentecost… to Acts 2:17.  God wants to dwell with his people again.  Through his son’s death and resurrection and then ascension… the Spirit was to come to be in the people’s hearts and be poured out within all his people. 

 

Let’s find out what happened on that day… Jesus has died and been resurrected.  For 50 days he has appeared to his people, then in Acts 1 he ascends to his rightful throne.  He tells his people to wait. 

 

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ESV Acts 2:1-7 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.  And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.  And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 

 

 

ESV Acts 2:14-21 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.  For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:  "'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.  And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.  And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'

 

This Day of Pentecost changed everything.  God is able to achieve in us what he has wanted since the days of Eden.  God wants to be with his people.  Through the Spirit, God lives within each of us who are saved.  When you go for a walk in the cool of the evening God is with you. 

 

There is the creation of a dwelling place for God…

 

#6 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.

 

The Spirit makes us new…

 

#11 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 

 

The Spirit gives us power…

 

#23 Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.

 

The rest of the New Testament explains Acts 2:17. 

 

Over the next several weeks we are going to park here in Acts 2:17.  We are going to hear from some young men, perhaps some sons and daughters and maybe a female servant.  I believe it is important to connect to Acts 2:17.  If you are only going to memorize 1 verse this year, this would be a good one.

 

#34 Acts 2:17-18 “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.” 

--and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

--and your young men shall see visions,

--and your old men shall dream dreams;

--even on my male servants

--and female servants… in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

 

 

Tim Stidham

September 13, 2015

Los Alamos Church of Christ