Tomorrow the Church traditionally celebrates Pentecost. Here are few things we’ve been doing around my house to celebrate.
I hope these 5 ideas spark great discussions at your dinner table!
1. Pentecost in the New Covenant as a reversal of the Tower of Babel
This first craft is very similar to my Pentecost post from a couple of years ago.
We first talked about the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11 , the sin of the people to stay together and build the tower, and the confusion of the language after the sin of the people.
“Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as the people migrated from the east, they found a plain the land of Shinar and settled there.” Gen 11:1
What a contrast to the command God had given in Genesis 1 to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” and again in Genesis 9– “fill the earth.”
Then, we talked about Pentecost as a sort of reversal or overcoming of Babel…
confusion vs. understanding
falling in sin vs. deliverance
dispersion vs. gathering, etc.
I recently heard a pastor say that “our leaders want ‘one nation for every religion’ but Christians want ‘one Church of every nation.’ ” That’s Pentecost– a bringing together of all nations so that they can carry the Gospel and God’s glory to the ends of the earth!
For this craft, the kids colored a Tower of Babel coloring page red, yellow, and orange as we reviewed and discussed the story. We cut it out and added a face that could represent God as the people tried to build the tower to reach the heavens.
Then, we turned our papers upside down, we had a REVERSAL OF THE TOWER OF BABEL– PENTECOST! Tongues of fire!
2. Pentecost Song
“The Pentecost Song,” set to the tune of “Frère Jacques”
Flames of Fire, Flames of Fire
Mighty Wind, Mighty Wind
The Holy Spirit’s coming, the Holy Spirit’s coming
With His power, with His power
3. Pentecost Cake for the “Birthday” of the Church
How about a Sunday treat? Birthday cake! We made Pentecost cake for the birth of the church for our fellowship meal tomorrow. Sing “Happy Birthday” to the Church!
4. Comparison of Feasts and Reading of Ruth
“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” Acts 2:1
The feast of Passover was the first of 3 major feasts for the Israelites, followed by Shavuoth (Pentecost, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Harvest) and Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths).
Shavuoth is the Hebrew word for “weeks.”
Pentecost is a Greek word which means “fiftieth day.”
“You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD.” Leviticus 23:15+
As a farmer’s wife, I find it so interesting that the feasts revolved around the agriculture, the harvests…
Passover is identified with the barley harvest. Pentecost is identified with the wheat harvest.
Ruth is traditionally read during Pentecost because of the association with the wheat harvest. We’ve been reading Ruth at my house this week and noticing the mention of the harvests as well as the inclusion of this Moabite into God’s people and God’s plan. Hmmmm… sounds a lot like Pentecost!
More food for thought…. In what ways did Christ and His Spirit fulfill the feast of Passover (Easter)? Pentecost? What is the significance of these Old Covenant feasts for us?
5. The Prefix Penta / Pent
Pentecost means fiftieth day and is the seventh Sunday after Easter. We talked briefly this week about how “penta” means five. What words do we use with this prefix? pentagon….pentathlon
I hope you have a wonderful Pentecost celebration with your family! Grab a cake or some goodies, sing Happy Birthday to Christ’s Church, and have a great Pentecost discussion with your crew!
Visit a previous Pentecost post with additional activities HERE.