They were filled with the Holy Spirit and appeared to speak in other tongues.
Luke writes that the visiting Jews were attracted to the disciples and amazed because they could hear about the works of God in their native tongues.
Actually, the disciples were most likely speaking in tongues – an ability that was greatly coveted at the time.
Luke, a gentile, confused speaking in tongues with speaking in foreign languages.
In this passage of Acts, for the first time a mixed crowd was hearing God’s word in a heartfelt manner which they could understand.
The Power of the Spirit gave the disciples a message that could reach everyone.
There were those that doubted and thought the disciples were just “filled with wine.”
Peter quickly dismissed this thought by telling the crowd that they were not drunk as it was only the third hour of the day – about 9:00 a.m. – much too early in the day to drink.
What had just happened was the fulfillment of the prophesy of Joel who told that God would send the Holy Spirit in the final days.
One of the basic ideas of the Old and New Testaments is “the day of the Lord.” What does this mean? The Jews were convinced that they were God’s chosen people. This was interpreted to mean they were chosen for special privilege among the nations.
They were a small nation with a long history of disaster.
It was becoming evident they would never reach the status they deserved as the chosen people
They were reaching the conclusion that what they could not do for themselves, God must do.
They were looking forward to the day God would intervene directly in history and raise them to the honor that they deserved.
This day of intervention was “the day of the Lord.”