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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Fragment of Acts 2, recently discovered

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place . . . [and] all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

And straightaway, one of the disciples did stand up and say, “Now hang on just one minute, and let us consider the implications of what is going on here. For ever since the days of the fathers, we have known that the sacred language of God and His angels and His Holy Book is most definitely Hebrew.

“And yes, a few chapters in Daniel were written in Aramaic.

“And yes, there were those who even dared translate the Holy Scriptures into Greek.

“But for the most part, we have managed to preserve the distinction between the sacred language of our people, and the vulgar tongues of the heathen.

“All this is now at risk. For if we preach to them in their own language, will they not believe that God hears them in their own language? Will they not even go so far as to believe they can worship in their own language? Pray in their own language? And even sing in their own language?

“No, my brothers and sisters, all this is but the beginning of sorrows. Let us preach to them in their own languages today, and tomorrow they will be asking for a contemporary worship service.”

And on hearing this, the disciples did look at one another and say, “You know – he has a point.” And straightaway, they did form a committee to study the matter.

But there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together . . .

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