Speaker: Bro JC Libiran
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Babel is about division
Pentecost is unity
Babel tower of pride
Pentecost tower of humility
“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.”
They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens,
so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.
The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this,
then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.
Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth,
and they stopped building the city.
That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world.
From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”
–> They were building it out of pride
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven
and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment,
because each one heard their own language being spoken.
Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia,Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene;
visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism);
Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
–> They were united in one spirit
–> Unity is built out of humility not uniformity
Speaker: Alvin Barcelona
From the bible are stories of man’s response to Gods love
Babel people vs Pentecost people
Lance Raymundo shared his own experience of Babel to Pentecost
As a rising star in the film industry, Lance Raymundo was building a name for himself.
But an accident happened that led to his Pentecost miracle experience.
Here is a rough summary on what happened to him.
He was working out in a gym in preparation for his role on a play as Jesus Christ.
When suddenly, a barbel fell and hit his face. His one eye was badly hit.
Believing that he will soon die, he gave his complete forgiveness to the
gym instructor who accidentally dislodged the barbel that caused it to
slip and drop to the face of Lance.
They rushed him to the hospital, and the doctor said that he will live only for 2 days.
But a miracle happened. When after 2 days, he fell asleep, he met someone from his “dream”
and told him that he will live and will be up on his feet after 6 or 7 days (I’m not sure
about the exact number of days). The face of the man that he met in his “dream” was the same face that he has today. He has a different face before the accident. When he woke up, he wanted proof that he would
live. He heard the voice telling him that if he can sit by himself, that is enough proof
that he will live. He tried with all his strength (feeling all the pain), to sit.
When he finally sat, he saw in his bed the crumpled bed sheet formed the face of Jesus Christ
and the Saint that he was also asking intercessions to. His healing was quick, and soon
enough he was back on his feet again.
His accident made him closer to Jesus, experiencing complete forgiveness and healing.