Pentecost

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Numbers 11:24-30
Acts 2:1-21
John 7:37-39
Psalm 104:25-35, 37

Haiti is famous for Voodoo.  It is real and affects everyone there to some degree.  Hollywood has distorted it as black magic.  To briefly describe Voodoo is difficult but I will give it a go.

Each person has a number of spirits who communicate with the several gods.  If I have a goat, I may ask a god to make sure she gives me healthy twins.  I go to my local Voodoo priest and pay for the proper ceremony to entice the spirit to deliver the message.

However, the spirits tend to be independent and do not always deliver the message or may change the message.  And there is the problem of the gods who are not always inclined to listen.

Our God has given us a Spirit that works for us all the time.  The Holy Spirit surrounds us and answers our calls.  God always hears and always responds.  We are the weak links in the communication.

We are the Hebrews in the desert crying for meat.  “Why did we ever follow this crazy Moses?  We had fish and good things to eat every day.  Now we eat manna, nothing but manna.  God let us go back to Egypt.”

We do not understand what God is doing, but worse, we do not believe in what He is doing.  “Let me go back to my old life, it was comfortable.”

Even Moses complained to God.  “I am sick and tired of listening to these people whine.  You have to do something.”   So God had Moses gather 70 trusted elders around him.  God took some of the Spirit out of Moses and gave it to the elders.  They told great things about God, but only that day.  From then on the Holy Spirit supported the elders and helped them deal with the problems facing the Hebrews.

That same Spirit, that Wind, entered the 120 disciples on Pentecost and they also told great things about God and his Messiah.  That same Spirit surrounds each of us and helps us understand those great things and share them with the people we meet.

May the Ruach Hakodesh, the Holy Spirit be with you.

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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