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  • Writer's pictureAlan and Jean McKinnell

Earth, Wind and Fire!

This month I was asked to do an article for the Mission Area magazine, the title I was given was Earth, Wind and Fire (aspects of Pentecost). Here is a copy of it.............

Earth Wind and Fire (aspects of Pentecost)

Most people reading this article will remember (even if vaguely like myself) the pop group from the 70’s and 80’s by the name Earth Wind and Fire. I can remember them as I included them in some writings I did when I first became a Christian titled ‘The Bible Said it First.’ in which I listed sayings, songs and even the names of pop groups that had their origins in the Bible. Earth, Wind and Fire was one of them. While some may want to argue that their name came from the list of essential elements of nature, that does not quite work as no essential elements list would make sense without the element of water, and anyway it was God who gave us the essential elements. No, I linked the name Earth, Wind and Fire to the Bible passage in 1 Kings 19:11-12 NKJV, God’s Revelation to Elijah, 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

When God wanted to reveal Himself to Elijah, there was an earthquake, a strong wind and a fire, but God was not in any of them, He was in the still small voice.

We see these elements once again in Acts chapter 2, Acts 2:1-4 NRSV The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

As God pours out His Spirit on the earth, there is a violent wind and tongues of fire. We see once again, as in the Old Testament, now here in the New Testament a demonstration of God’s power and control over the elements. How often have we wanted to see a demonstration of God’s power? Or is that just me? Perhaps we would have liked to have been there when the room shook with a violent wind and tongues of fire rested on them? Or perhaps not. 

While all this is possible, we must remember that for Elijah, God was in the still small voice and for the 120 in the upper room there are no more instances of tongues of fire, the Holy Spirit has come on the earth, the wind and the fire have died down but the still small voice is still here, even to this day, but are we listening? Are we being guided by the Holy Spirit? Or are we still waiting on the spectacular and missing what God has planned for us? Jesus promised us that the Father would send the Holy Spirit and He has, John 14:26 NIV 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Jesus also promised us power when we receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:8 NKJV 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to

Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 The church, the body of Christ not the building, was born on Pentecost, but as the Bible tells us it was born for a purpose and that purpose is to witness of Jesus, to proclaim the Gospel, guided by the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and empowered by that same Holy Spirit to see God’s Kingdom come and His will be done, here on earth, as in heaven, just like we pray every Sunday. 

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