Week of June 10 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Acts 2:14-21

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
    before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Reflect: What is the “text” for Peter’s sermon? Why do you think he chose this particular text?

Consider: “but the third hour—nine a.m. (see Ec 10:16; Is 5:11; 1 Th 5:17).[1]

Respond: How should this understanding that we are in the last days impact our preaching and sharing of the gospel? There are two parts to Joel’s prophecy that Peter recited in these verses: a bright, happy part and a dark, terrible part. What is the bright, happy part? What is the dark, terrible part?


[1]  Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 175.