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? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Comment: In your mind, if you stand in Jerusalem that day, what a babble of noise and confusion you see and hear. There are people from over a dozen nations with separate languages. They are here to celebrate and into their midst burst over a hundred people all with Galilean accents speaking excitedly but, and here is the remarkable thing, the listeners are hearing them speaking in their own tongues. For many it caused amazement, others passed it off as drunken gabbling! They had partied too much! The message that they all heard spoken, if they listened, was of the mighty working of God!
Prayer: We must make decisions, but let us at least listen before we condemn or reject!