Pentecost

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The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost

14 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.[b] 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[c] 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.’

(ESV)

Have a blessed Pentecost Sunday

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Restoration

December 2nd
Today’s readings were Psalm 90, Isaiah 11:29-31 & Luke 11:29-32.

For me today was hard in finding links between all three texts. I kept wracking my brain but it was difficult to find a relation between the OT and the passage from Luke. With help from my friend we managed to work out a theme across all texts, which is restoration through wisdom in God.

In the passage of Luke we find Jesus talking about history and how the people wished to listen to Solmon, because of his wisdom, but He then teaches us that the Son of Man (Him) has come, is present and His wisdom is far greater than those of the previous prophet (Luke 11:31).
1 Corinthians 1 (v24) shows us that Christ is the power of God and also the wisdom of God. Power and wisdom are not separated.
Linking back to Psalm 90 there is the passage “Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (11-12)
And “Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us” (15).
These verses are a cry in appreciation for God and His gifts, particularly wisdom and the humility which we receive by facing God and His law. This second part is what leads us into the Isaiah reading on restoration.
The city in this passage a once godly city has turned away from God and His righteousness, so when God says in v25-26 “I will turn My hand against you,
And thoroughly purge away your dross,
And take away all your alloy.
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I will restore your judges as at the first,
And your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.” He is saying that all their distractions and sinful associations must be cut off to restore the city back to righteousness. This too seemlessly works with Psalm 90:3 “You [God] turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.””

Tinderspark

So after finally figuring out this theme, I had to find a visual suitable. That too was difficult but I just decided to use the final verse of Isaiah 31 as inspiration:
“The strong shall be as tinder,
And the work of it as a spark;
Both will burn together,
And no one shall quench them.”

I found a verse from another Psalm also suitable for this, which I included in the artwork.

Vectors made in CorelDRAW
Layers and text done in Photoshop
2015