“Stunned and amazed, (completely baffled,) they asked, “Aren't these people Galileans?” ISV
They were stupefied, not only by what they heard, but whom they heard it from.
Galileans were not considered the smartest, or best educated people in Israel; they were in fact seen as a backwater people, those who had little if anything to offer the culture or their religion.
However, when God’s Spirit touched them, that all changed.
Their words now had the power to change minds and hearts.
No longer fearful and self conscious, (uneducated, uncultured, and unaccepted,) they were now passionately bold and eloquent. Suddenly they were no longer watching from the sidelines, no longer peripheral. They were now, unexpectedly, center stage. The world was about to take notice.
When God moves on us, everything changes. We are not the same any more. The “Tongues of fire,” whatever form that takes for us, fills us and changes us for a divine purpose.
The Spirit gives us a voice and a boldness we did not have before; it strengthens us to overcome our fears and change lives.
We can no longer submit to the fear of man. If we do we will compromise and resist the hand of God.
Compromise dulls boldness and passion; it tries to “Fit in” with the old, to be “Acceptable,” to become part of the very thing that God wants to change.
The disciples embraced the Spirit and were changed from fearful to bold, from inarticulate to eloquent, and in the embracing of the gift they became a gift that changed a city and eventually the world.
“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?”
And those who heard them were astounded by the evidence of God’s move and had their hearts pierced and changed.
Let us ask God to make us astounding.