Yes, this date is Pentecost Sunday.
Church worship this morning was wonderful (though I confess that I didn't see tongues of fire on the heads of those present).
Got home and ran into one of those storms. In-law troubles. Which lasted all day and until I turned in, exhausted by it all.
We used to understand that you don't take flak unless and until you're over the target, to use an Air Force simile. Well, there was flak, for certain.
And the goings-on, with no escape possible, drained me and swallowed up the time (and my good attitude as well), so this effort you see got pushed aside. My apologies.
The Old Testament reading for the day is chapters 13, 14, 15 and 16 of 2nd Chronicles.
This is almost painful to read, as we see the accounts of the struggles and degeneration of the nation and of the culture, too often led by the rulers and their cliques. Some were pretty good, largely. Others, no.
"Who is God?" is a struggle that has lasted from that time to this. Is the Lord YHVH the one and true Lord, or is it Ba'al, or Asherah or Dagon or Molech or Diana, Wotan, Allah, etc?? Who will serve?
II Chronicles 14
II Chronicles 15
II Chronicles 16
Our reading in the New Testament is chapter 14 in the Gospel of John. This is Jesus, knowing that He is about to be betrayed and crucified.