Acts 2: When Acts 2 is read or interpreted (like all Scripture) we need to be careful where we go. There are many misconceptions as to what this chapter in Acts is conveying. As we read Acts 2 we see a miraculous event happen in the baptism of those waiting for the Promised gift of Jesus with the Holy Spirit. A mighty wind blows through the place where they are and the sound thereof. The saints have what looks like tongues of fire descend over their heads and they begin to speak in languages not their own. The crowd surrounding the area also experiences this event as spectators and many come to faith while others scoff. It is a very momentous time in history.
Shekinah, a hebrew term for tangible dwelling of God with man, can help us figure out what is going on here. The Shekinah of God is throughout the old testament and it comes and rests from time to time on the Israelites. The filling of Solomon's Temple to God, the exodus from Egypt in the pillar of fire and cloud, and the meeting of Abraham with God are examples of this.
This time the Holy Spirit comes to rest on the believers both in an unseen and very tangible way. This experience of God's tangible presence happens at pivotal times in our history and this is no different. The pouring out of God's Spirit at Pentecost on all flesh is accompanied with great signs and wonders that were promised long ago. God displays His power to confirm that a great event is happening.
Today we wonder of God still wants to tangibly walk among us. We feel far from God sometimes or devoid of a sense of reality of God working in our lives. Sometimes we long for the tangible presence of God to walk in and confirm it all to us. The Azusa Revival of the 1900's was started in this desire for God to pour out the tangible presence of Himself on those who were crying out for it. God still moves today and longs to make Himself known throughout the earth. We don't seek the miracles for the miracles sake. We want to know God and experience Him as much as we can. Even if a loud wind were to blow or tongues of fire fall down we long for the Holy God of all ages to meet with us and to make a home in us.