Scripture: Acts 2:46-47: “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
Observation: In Exodus, God parted the sea so the Israelites could cross on dry land, and then closed the waters on top of the Egyptians who were chasing them. Surely they realized after watching such a sight that our God is God of all! Moses and the people sang a song of praise to the Lord. Bitter waters were made sweet at Marah and the Lord started providing daily bread in the form of Manna, which lasted until they entered the Promised Land. In Acts 2, Holy Spirit came as a great wind, and in the forms of tongues of fire. Peter preached his first sermon, and three thousand souls were added to their number in one day (wish I could preach like that).
Application: One thing the early church enjoyed was unified fellowship. Notice it says they had favor with all the people? Earlier it said they had all things in common. I crave that. I wish it were possible for everyone to live in such harmony. I believe what is missing is what we have here in Acts 2. Everyone was filled with Holy Spirit. Everyone devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, communion and prayer. Because of this, they were blessed with signs and wonders. Can we get to that point again? I believe we can.
Prayer: Holy God, we praise your name! Lord of all, we bow before thee. All the earth thy glory proclaim! Father, I do pray for unity in the “Church”. I pray that we can all be so full of the fruits of the Spirit, that just coming together we will be filled with awe and wonder! Lord, I praise you, and I love you, and I look forward to the day when we can all work and worship and fellowship in one accord.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Exodus 17-20; Acts 3