The deep significance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are found in the Passover.
This sign was a reversal of God’s judgment at the Tower of Babel. God’s judgment scattered and separated those people then, now He was uniting His people in the Spirit. At Babel no one could understand anyone else, but at Pentecost everyone could understand and hear God’s praises.
So, why did Peter choose Joel’s prophecy to explain what was happening? Yes, yes, he was saying what the Spirit was giving him to say. But, why Joel, in particular? Because of who were in that upper room, praying and waiting. Because of who were pouring out into the streets of Jerusalem, publicly prophesying and evangelizing in foreign languages. Women
Angels are sent by God to carry out God’s purposes. But angels’ work for God cannot be compared to Christ’s perfect work on the cross. Jesus is superior because He is God the Son, He alone can save, and be called the Savior.
Many see these next verses as the greatest prophecy of the future in the whole Bible, the fulfillment happening when Jesus comes to establish His millennium kingdom.
The lamp shining in the Holy Place represented, in part, the indwelling glory of God in the sacred temple of the Lord, and with the people of God.
If we were to combine Jesus’ words with how the disciples and the early church interpreted them, what would our fellowship and assemblies look like today?