Isaiah 6: 1-8 It is the year 742 B.C.E.; the king of Judea has died. Here the great prophet of the land writes of his commissioning; God has chosen Isaiah as a prophet of Israel and his writing as a prophetic book. “The prophetic word and book that continue to haunt us are derived from
Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-21 For Luke the life of the Christian Church begins with the very dramatic coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. For Jews it is the Festival of Weeks or Tabernacles, fifty days after Passover. So it would not be unusual to find people from all over the known
Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26 In Luke’s description of the beginnings of the early church, the eleven have returned to Jerusalem after the resurrection, occupying the same upper room where Jesus consecrated the last supper. Judas is gone, perhaps to his death, and Peter insists the number of disciples, now called apostles, be returned to twelve.
Acts 1 0: 44- 48 Simon Peter, in Luke’s narrative of the beginnings of the church, is in Joppa where he had come from the nearby town of Lydda. In Lydda he had raised a man named Aeneas from eight years if paralysis and also a woman, Tabitha, who had died, Peter brought back to life. Then