“All Hell broke loose!!!”
In the Garden of Eden, the gates of hell were blown open the sin of Adam and Eve. “All hell broke loose!!” From that day forward, the devil ran rampant across the earth. At various moments, God through his covenant people, the Israelites tried to establish a renewed covenant with his people.
At Mount Sinai, God came down covering the mountain in midst into which he called Moses. He called only Moses, however there were 70 other elders with him who waited upon his return.
Now the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandment which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses arose with Joshua his servant, and Moses went up to the mountain of God. But to the elders he said, “Wait here for us until we return to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a legal matter, let him approach them.” Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top. Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. Exodus 24: 12-18
During Moses time on the Mountain, the Lord made a pact, a covenant with His people. Written on stone tablets, the ten commandments were given to Moses and this new covenant would be the restoration of the covenant broken in Eden.
Moses was gone for 40 days and 40 nights. Entrapped in the presence of the living God!
During this time, the elders became concerned as the fire of God consumed the mountain – Read again Exodus 24, “The appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top!”
Oh no! Moses is dead...The 70 elders were concerned and for forty days they waited…becoming more concerned and impatient.
Now when the people saw that Moses was delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.
At this, Aaron agreed, telling the people they should make a golden calf, in honor of the Egyptian God of Creation, Ptah, whom was represented by a bull or calf.
God was burning with anger at their denial of his covenant and rushed Moses back to His people from the mountain in a fury of anger. Moses finding the people worshiping a calf, destroyed the tablets of the the ten commandments and in order to pay for denial of the covenants, 3,000 men were killed that day (Exodus 32:28).
Don’t forget this…
All Hell had broken loose, again! And another 3,000 people were dead!
At Pentecost, the Jewish people pause to celebrate the feast of weeks, or the celebration of the first harvest, of wheat in June. Growing up as a farmer, I know this time of year, the first wheat is being harvested and a feast is celebrated. The Jews commemorate this feast in honor to the Lord.
At Pentecost, in the year of Jesus’ death, something different occurs. The Harvest was ready, the crop was ripe. The people gathered and the Lord appears.
On Sinai, the fire of the Lord appeared and consumed Moses. This same fire descended upon the Apostles of Christ at Pentecost. The disciples of the Lord were anointed of the Lord, and His Spirit for the first time descended upon the earth!
All Heaven broke loose!!! Consuming the Hell of Satan!!!
The Spirit of the Lord flooded out, and in the first ever sermon of the church, Peter covered the people of Pentecost in the word of the Lord! AND 3,000 PEOPLE WERE SAVED THAT DAY!!! (Acts 2:41)
The Spirit breaking loose at Pentecost resulted in the permanent restoration and institution of the church. And in reference to the salvation history, the 3,000 killed at Mount Sinai were immediately restored and 3,000 men were saved!
Tomorrow in church we celebrate this restoration. Don’t miss what is happening tomorrow. It is rooted deeply in scripture…
The covenant people’s continued failure to make amends with the Lord. And we continue this today, we cannot keep our covenant with Him. I can’t keep a covenant with anyone. I fail every day.
But I know, at Pentecost the Lord restores our value once and for all. He restores in word (tongues), in actions (fire), in community (not one but many receive), in history (restoration of the 3,000 men) and for all eternity (anointing, covering of the Spirit)! The Lord anointed Pentecost, the celebration of the first Harvest. Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection, he had prepared a harvest – and now was the time to prepare his people for reaping.
We are in this season now, until His return. Our Pentecost, the celebration of Harvest is every day, all day in the covering of the Spirit of God. The Spirit continues to pour – All Heaven will break loose tomorrow! All heaven is loose upon the earth!! Come Spirit, Come!!
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:27