Emanna for 03/23/2020
"Tongues" -- An Understandable Language
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, even as the Spirit gave to them to speak forth. (6) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together and was confounded because each one heard them speaking in his own dialect. (7) And they were amazed and marveled, saying, Behold, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? (8) And how is it that we each hear them in our own dialect in which we were born? (9) Parthians and Medes and Elamites and those dwelling in Mesopotamia, both in Judea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, (10) Both in Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya around Cyrene, and the sojourning of Rome, both Jews and proselytes, (11) Cretans and Arabians, we hear them speaking in our tongues the magnificent works of God? Words of Ministry
The "tongues" spoken in 2:4 were dialects (vv. 6,8). The disciples were Galileans (v. 7), yet they spoke the different foreign dialects of the attendants who came from various parts of the world. This is strong proof that tongue-speaking must be an understandable language, not merely a voice or sound uttered by the tongue. ...much of today's so-called tongues are not dialects but meaningless sounds. However, the tongues spoken on the day of Pentecost were a miracle caused by the Holy Spirit. Although I myself had practiced so- called tongue-speaking and had led others to do so, I dropped this practice... I came to realize that much of what is called tongue-speaking is not the miraculous speaking of a dialect, but something humanly manufactured. The point we are emphasizing here is that the tongues spoken on the day of Pentecost were genuine dialects and not merely sounds uttered by the tongue.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, pp. 60-62. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.