- Acts 2:7-12
- Acts 2:7 (KJB)
- And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to
another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
- Amazed - Astonished or astounded
- Marvelled - To wonder, admire, or be bewildered
- They must have known by their dialect where they had come from and
recognized that they were Galileans.
(Mat 26:73 KJV) And after a while came unto him they that stood by,
and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech
bewrayeth thee. At the time Christ was being
examined in His trial, Peter was speaking and those who heard Peter knew
that he was one of the Galileans because there must have been some type of
accent associated with it. This shows that there was definitely a
supernatural event going on because these from Galilee were speaking in
languages which were not peculiar to that region. Whenever God was at work
doing certain miracles, the people were normally amazed.
(Luke 4:36 KJV) And they were all amazed, and
spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with
authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
- Acts 2:8 (KJB)
- And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
- Here we see another aspect of the miracle of the Pentecost tongues. They
were hearing the words in the language of the country where they were born.
This would mean that if there was any special dialect or wording which was
peculiar to a certain country, the disciples would have used them to
communicate clearly the Gospel message being given by the Holy Spirit. This
would show clearly that the message the disciples were giving was definitely
divine in origin for how would someone from Galilee be able to speak in the
tongue of someone from Greece?
- Acts 2:9 (KJB)
- Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and
in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
- Parthia was about 1200 miles east of Jerusalem. Today we know it as
- Media was about 1000 miles northeast of Jerusalem. It was located in
- Elam was about 700 miles to the east of Jerusalem. It was located in
- Mesopotamia was about 500 miles to the northeast. It was located in
- Judaea was the home of Jerusalem and the local people would have
- Cappadocia was located about 500 miles north of Jerusalem. It was
located in modern day Turkey.
- Pontus was about 700 miles north of Jerusalem. It was located on the
Black Sea in modern day Turkey.
- Asia was Asia Minor. It would have constituted all of modern day
- Acts 2:10 (KJB)
- Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about
Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
- Phrygia was located in west central Turkey. It would have been about
1000 miles from Jerusalem.
- Pamphylia was located on the Mediterranean Sea which would be
southern Turkey and would be about 900 miles from Jerusalem.
- Egypt was located southwest of Jerusalem about 200 miles.
- Libya/Cyrene was located in Northern Libya on the Mediterranean Sea.
It would have been about 900 miles from Jerusalem.
- Strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes would have been those who
would come from around the Roman Empire, both those who were born Jews and
those who joined the Jewish religion.
- Acts 2:11 (KJB)
- Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the
wonderful works of God.
- Wonderful works - Great things
- Cretes were from the Island of Crete. It would have been about 600
miles from Jerusalem by boat.
- Arabians would have been from Arabia which was east and southeast of
Jerusalem. The distance would have been about 200 miles depending on where
they came from.
- All of these people groups who had come to the feast of Pentecost were
now hearing more than they had ever dreamed of hearing. They were hearing
the Gospel preached to them. They would not have heard this in the same old
watered down teachings of the Pharisees which was nothing but legalism and
the Talmud. They now heard the true teachings of what the Old Testament was
all about, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Acts 2:12 (KJB)
- And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to
another, What meaneth this?
- Doubt - Perplexed or seeking a solution and not finding one
- They were all hearing the words of the Lord come from people who never
knew their languages. At the same time they were amazed at this event, they
were also in doubt as to what this meant. They must have been reasoning
among themselves for quite a while because they could not seem to come up
with any type of conclusion as to what was taking place in front of their
eyes. The Pharisees thought they were done with Jesus and His followers, but
it has only just begun and soon enough the plain truth as to what was
happening would be revealed to all the people in attendance at the Feast in