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The Mineral Wells Wednesday Bible Study Club met for its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 8, 2014 at the Black Horse Restaurant. Mrs. Carolyn Evans served as both hostess and lesson leader.
Mrs. Evans recently travelled in Ireland where she visited Kylemore Abbey, Kylemore, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine Monastery founded in 1920 by Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. Mrs. Evans opened the lesson with a prayer from the Kylemore Abbey:
Help me live this day,
To lean upon Your great
To await the unfolding
Of Your will,
To meet others,
To face tomorrow,
The lesson for this meeting is the second chapter of Acts and Luke is believed to be the author of the book.
There are three great Jewish Festivals to which every living Jewish male residing within twenty miles of Jerusalem was legally bound to attend: Passover, Pentecost and the Feast of the Tabernacles.
Pentecost is the setting for this second chapter of Acts. Pentecost means the 50th or Feast of Weeks and it falls on the 50th day after Passover. Pentecost occurs at the beginning of June.
Because of the good weather at this time of year there is an international crowd in Jerusalem.
It was forbidden to do everyday work because of the religious holiday. This particular Pentecost was ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven.
Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks, is significant in two ways: 1) it commemorated the giving of the law to Moses on Mt. Sinai and 2) Agricultural importance.
At Passover, part of the first crop of barley was offered to God and at Pentecost, two loaves were given symbolizing the safe gathering of the harvest.
The first four verses describe the sudden sound of rushing wind from heaven and tongues of fire that appeared above the disciples’ heads.