This story has always facinated me.
I've heard this story repeated from the pulpit over the years and it always painted a metapysical picture in my mind of supernatural flames floating through the air... The "Spirit" appearing in the form of cloven flames which then landed on each of them. Is that the picture that was painted in your mind as well?
As always, the meaning of the words provides clarity.
"Cloven" is from the Greek word diamerizo, meaning to partition thoroughly. In plain English we would say to evenly distribute. In other words, whatever this is... there was one for each. No one was excluded, and no one had more than anyone else. Evenly distributed.
"Tongues like as of fire"... what's that? The result of this taking place is the infilling of the "Holy Spirit" which literally means Sacred Breath (of altar incense).
What "Tongues like as of fire" have the ability to fill InI with the Sacred Breath and inspire a different way of speaking?
Well... didja ever see a Rasta roll a spliff? Does he speak differently than the non-inspired person?
Tongue of Fire
Fills InI with the Sacred Breath
Inspires a new kind of speech (creates prophets)
Jah truth... a child can comprehend it via simple observation.
Why does Herb cause InI to speak differently?
...because Jah ordained his Breath the communion (religion) by which to inspire Jah people.
Overstand and distribute evenly, that is, make sure everyone has an equal portion. Tongues are given for all. JahShuah's instruction is to inspire InI for this specific purpose because Love... loves... everyone.
Enjoy and speak. You're likely to say some interesting things!
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