PENTECOST 2019

Acts 2:1-21 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a noise came from heaven. It sounded like a strong wind blowing. This noise filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like flames of fire. The flames were separated and stood over each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages. The Holy Spirit was giving them the power to do this.

There were some godly Jews in Jerusalem at this time. They were from every country in the world. A large crowd came together because they heard the noise. They were surprised because, as the apostles were speaking, everyone heard in their own language.

They were all amazed at this. They did not understand how the apostles could do this. They said, “Look! These men we hear speaking are all from Galilee.[a] But we hear them in our own languages. How is this possible? We are from all these different places: Parthia, Media, Elam, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the areas of Libya near the city of Cyrene, Rome, 11 Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and others have changed their religion to worship God like Jews. We are from these different countries, but we can hear these men in our own languages! We can all understand the great things they are saying about God.”

12 The people were all amazed and confused. They asked each other, “What is happening?” 13 But others were laughing at the apostles, saying they were drunk from too much wine.

Peter Speaks to the People

14 Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles. He spoke loudly so that all the people could hear. He said, “My Jewish brothers and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me. I will tell you something you need to know. Listen carefully. 15 These men are not drunk as you think; it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 But Joel the prophet wrote about what you see happening here today. This is what he wrote:

17 ‘God says: In the last days
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
    Your young men will see visions.
    Your old men will have special dreams.
18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit
    on my servants, men and women,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will work wonders in the sky above.
    I will cause miraculous signs on the earth below.
    There will be blood, fire, and thick smoke.
20 The sun will be changed into darkness,
    and the moon will be as red as blood.
    Then the great and glorious day of the Lord will come.
21 And everyone who trusts in the Lord[b] will be saved.’

HOMILY —–

Growing up, Timmy often heard his parents use the phrase,

EXCUSE MY FRENCH after using swear words…

So, when he began fourth grade and the teacher asked the class if anyone knew French….. Timmy raised his hand…

The rest is history.

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Elementary teacher – When I was 8 yrs old my third grade teacher was of Hispanic lineage, Carmelita Moore. She taught us the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.

Classically Trained Singer- as a singer, I sang in 6 languages, Latin, French, German, Italian, English, and Spanish.

I didn’t know what I was singing until I translated it word for word.

A Bone of contention/opera world when I was singing was that the Opera Snobs of America refused to perform operas in English, but only in the native language in which it was written. This prevented the audience from understanding the story withouta libretto.

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Frustration – listening to conversation in another language

Mani Pedi

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Language is certainly a dividing factor…like a wall.

At this Trauma center, we had 5 TRAUMAS from same accident, and only 1 spoke English. The lag time in giving care was crucial. The doctors had to wait for an interpreter in order to properly examine and care for the patients.

NOT ONLY CULTURAL LANGUAGE DIFFERENCES

VOCATIONAL LANGUAGE

Medical – Doctors often need interpreters because they speak in medical terms unfamiliar to the layperson.

Computer/Technology – bits, bytes, RAM, Programming, Router, Modem, splitter, …

Auto Repair – computer readouts, radio will not work after a car has a dead battery. The owner must go to a dealer an d have them obtain a four digit code to reactivate radio.

RELIGIOUS – Born again, saved, repent, righteousness, resurrection,, saved

21ST Century people who are not regular church goers can not connect with religious phrases and terms.

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Universal translators

Google Translator

-Not always word for word translations

-context affects interpretation

UN – incident

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi delivered a rambling address to the United Nations   calling Barack Obama “our son”                                       and railing against the U.N.                 Security Council.

He spoke not in Arabic, Libya’s official language,

but a local Libyan dialect.

UN – no interpreter for every dialect

Speakers supposed to deliver their speeches in one of the       organization’s six official     languages:

English, French, Spanish,    Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.

For which there ARE interpreters

Anyone who travels outside the US knows the relief of hearing their own language, and feeling included again.

Old Testament. STORY OF TOWER OF BABEL presents the mixture of languages as a total breakdown in communication.

YET

PENTECOST –  The variety of languages is the setting for total communication.

Even if my WISH for Universal Translators — Comes a myriad of problem and road-blocks for accuracy –So many words in other languages do not have an exact word in English

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Toska (Russian)

“A sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without a specific cause; a longing with nothing to long for.”

It’s basically when you feel that something is missing and you know that something is missing, but you don’t know what exactly it is and it leaves you frustrated.

Duende (Spanish)

“A work of art’s mysterious power to deeply move a person.”

Duende is often connected to flamenco, but it generally describes one of the beauties of artistic performances of all kinds: they can make you feel things. In Spanish and Latin American mythology, the Duende is a goblin- and elf-like creature that makes sure small children behave.

Commuovere (Italian)

“A heartwarming story that moved you to tears.”

Basically, any movie that has a dog

Forelsket (Norwegian)

“The euphoria experienced as you begin to fall in love.”

This is probably one of the best feelings in the world: butterflies, smiles, and so much romantic oblivion on cloud number nine.

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There are many drawbacks to interpreting and translating – Not only the fact there are not words for a direct translation…

We also have the issue of dialect Slang

Different interpretations  same word.

Preservatives

If you happen to find yourself browsing jams in France, be careful you don’t ask for help with the preservatives. Préservatifs is French for condom.

Brat

In the US and UK, we would say brat to mean a spoilt child. But in Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Croatia, brat means brother. Possibly sometimes interchanagle meanings. 

Chaps

In England, a jolly good chap is decent person. In America, it’s a decent pair of leather leggings worn by cowboys to protect their legs.

Cookie

In Britain and the US, we’re almost in agreement on what a cookie constitutes.

NOW –

In Hungarian, however, you will need to see me alone after the service to see what cookie means there….

Barf

The British slang for being sick means snow in Farsi, Urdu and Hindi.

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THEN WE HAVE TO REMEMBER—

Even communicating in our own language does not guarantee clear understanding…

Maybe this is why God didn’t see a need to make everyone miraculously speak the same language…

God did not send the Holy Spirit  into each of them and change   them all into the same thing…

God did not erase their differences…      but celebrated their differences –

God reminded us that our worth and     value are not measured by our     sameness or differences….

By meeting these many cultures and races where they were – God embraced the fact that God created us all wonderfully DIFFERENT.

REMEMBER the scripture said:

They were all amazed at this. They did not understand how the apostles could do this. They said, “Look! These men we hear speaking are all from Galilee.[a] But we hear them in our own languages. How is this possible? We are from all these different places: Parthia, Media, Elam, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 10 Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the areas of Libya near the city of Cyrene, Rome, 11 Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and others have changed their religion to worship God like Jews. We are from these different countries, but we can hear these men in our own languages! We can all understand the great things they are saying about God.”

12 The people were all amazed and confused. They asked each other, “What is happening?” 13 But others were laughing at the apostles, saying they were drunk from too much wine.

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At Pentecost… for that moment—everyone was hearing the same message – just for them – in their own language

With their own context….

SOUNDS MIRACULOUS       Doesn’t it…?

But we actually experience Pentecost every time we receive what God has for us…

BIGGEST FEARS entering Ministry

Misguiding Misinforming Misinterpreting

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But, like the Apostles at PENTECOST –

I only provide the words –

God provides the interpretation —

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Remember the blue dress… gold dress on the internet in 2015?

Someone posted online a picture of themselves at a Scottish wedding and was confused when comments referred to different colors –

Blue and black     and gold and white.

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JIM’S CLASS

      Discussed the sermon after the service.

It was amazing how many different messages were received.

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EVERYONE HEARS A DIFFERENT MESSAGE….    according to our individual needs…. and that is GOOD NEWS!!!