Sermon Notes

6/16/24:  Father’s Day

 

Today we will be focusing on scripture from Acts 2, and though we often look to Chapter 2 in reference to Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, today we will be looking at the Peter’s response to “the Men of Israel” (2:22) who witnessed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit:

Peter begins with an indictment of these men, by: proclaiming the mighty works of Jesus (made possible through God), highlighting the sacrifice of Jesus (an event that are aware of), professing the resurrection of Jesus. But how does he do this, he returns to David’s song expressed in Psalm 16:8-11, which he quotes in Acts 2:25-28:

Primary Verses:
Acts 2:25-28 (ESV)

25 For David says concerning him,
“ ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26  therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
28  You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

1) The Lord Before Me
Acts 2:25
25 For David says concerning him,
“ ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;

David, lived 1000 years before Jesus and the clarity of his understanding of Jesus is superior to many of those who witnessed and were aware of Jesus’ time on earth.

Peter is highlighting this fact, pointing to David’s understanding of Lord, whom David indicates was

I saw the Lord before me
Προωρωμην τον Κυριον πᾶς ενωπιον μου
(Pro-orow-main – Ton – Kurion – Pas – Ennoo-pion – mou)

The use of the Imperfect tense verb, means that this is happening and continues to happen. It is not about the future it is about the right now.

This is not some figurative statement, but rather, an indication of the experience of being in the presence of The Lord…always. And there are clear results of this perpetual engagement with the Lord, namely, in verse 25, that such a view of the Lord allows us to be unshakable. Evidence of this is found in the use of the imperfect tense (right now, but ongoing)

God’s presence does not only provide us with unshakability it also bring gladness to our hearts.

2)Therefore My Heart was Glad
Acts 2:26-27
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.

Because of God’s presence We are able to experience gladness.
This gladness is rooted in the resurrection of Jesus.

Hades: ᾅδης the grave/the place of the dead
Corruption: διαφθορά (thea-thora) = decay

And here is the unique thing about what David has done in this moment, 1000 years before the advent of Christ: He is proclaiming the resurrection, an idea that was not prevalent in the OT and an idea that is not even common at in the 1st Century: The Saducees, one of the major ruling groups within Jerusalem, didn’t believe in the resurrection at all.

But, David, as a result of the power, presence and influence of the Holy Spirit is proclaiming the uniqueness of Jesus and the Might of God made visible I’m the resurrection and the destruction of death.

3) Knowledge of God’s path of life brings Joy
Acts 2:28
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

The resurrection illuminates the path of life…literally making it known:
γνωρίζω (gnorizo)—revealed
ὁδός ζωή(othos Zoe)- the way of life

The death, and resurrection of Jesus should make clear to us the power and might and overcoming blessing associated with faith in the Lord.

Questions:
1) When have your experienced the realness and blessing of seeing the Lord before you (like David in Psalm 16 and its quotation in Acts 2)?
2) How did the Lord’s presence affirm you and calm you, making you steady?
3) Where have you experienced gladness this week? What was the cause?
4) When has God’s presence brought you out of a place of darkness, weeping, and decay?
5) How has knowing (even dimly) the promise and plan of the Lord brought you joy and fullness? How might we share this blessing with others?