Acts 2:5–13 ESV
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.”
Thousands of Jews from all over the known world gathered in Jerusalem for the day of Pentecost. When the Holy Spirit poured out on the 120 gathered in one place, the thousands who were scattered throughout Jerusalem heard a sound that drew all them to where the disciples were when the Holy Spirit poured out. Acts 2:6 tells us “And at this sound the multitude came together”
This is one of the loudest passages in scripture. This passage describes two sounds. First, in Acts 2:2 “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting” Then in Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
One thing is clear, The Holy Spirit was drawing people to one place to hear the mighty works of God. This was certainly a magnificent display of the Holy Spirit. You can imagine the commotion as everyone was running to the noise and attempting to assess what the sound was and what had caused it. Acts 2:6-8 explains the emotional response the crowd had as they assessed the situation
“…and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
“To show us the extent of this miracle, Luke lists some of the distant places from which people in that multitude had come. There were Parthians, Medes and Elamites (Iran), Mesopotamians (Iraq), Judeans (Israel), Cappadocians (central Turkey, eastern part), people from Pontus (northern Turkey), Asia (western Turkey), Phrygia (central Turkey, western part), Pamphylia (southern Turkey), Egypt, and as far west along the North African coast as the city of Cyrene in Libya. There were visitors from Rome, both Jews and Gentiles who had converted to Judaism, people from the island of Crete to the west and Arabia to the east. Yet all understood what the disciples were saying because each person heard them speaking in his or her native tongue. And what they heard them saying was praise to God. They were declaring the great things God had done.” - Steve Schell
Today the Spirit is still pouring out on hearts, cities, families, churches and places of work in miraculous ways. When the Spirit manifests it can come in grandiose fashion, like on the day of Pentecost. Sometimes when the Holy Spirit is getting our attention we may experience a new sensation or miracle as the Spirit works on drawing us closer to Jesus. When the Spirit is doing something new, because it is unfamiliar it can be bewildering at first as we try to understand what God is doing. Lets look at how Mary in the bible responded to a supernatural encounter with the angel Gabriel: