It is now fifty days since the Resurrection. Many pilgrims have come to Jerusalem for the Festival of Booths. Luke, the author of Acts, tries to describe the coming of the Holy Spirit, but all he can say is what it is like. Divinity, to some extent, is beyond our experience and comprehension.
Moses has complained to God that the leadership of the people of Israel (who are dissatisfied that all God gives them to eat is manna) is too heavy for him. God has decided to appoint subordinates to share the burden. They will receive some of God’s spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
Early in this letter, Paul has noted that the Christians at Corinth “are not lacking in any spiritual gift”; even so, they appear to have written to him on the subject. He now teaches them more about gifts provided through the Holy Spirit.
Early on Easter Day, Mary Magdalene has discovered that Jesus’ body is missing from the tomb. There is a man standing nearby. When he speaks to her, she recognizes him as Jesus. She has told the disciples: “I have seen the Lord.” Now Jesus appear in his resurrection body.
It is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles - an autumn festival of thanks for the harvest and for the other ways God feeds his people. Jesus tells of the Spirit who is to come upon those who believe in him.
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