The Linguistic Society of America has identified 6,909 different languages in the world. As of 2009, at least a portion of the Bible now exists in only 2,500 of these languages. This shows there is still a long way to go before all languages have the Bible in their tongue. When the message of the Gospel was presented on the Day of Pentecost, Luke identified 16 people groups that were present. On that occasion, the Holy Spirit arrived to establish the Body of Christ. After listing those 16 groups, Luke, the author of Acts chapter 2, reported the people as saying, “We all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. Some Bible students have compared this event to what happened at the Tower of Babel, recorded in Genesis chapter 11. There God confused the languages of people because the people were building a monument to themselves—independent of God. Here on the Day of Pentecost, God demonstrated His intent to unite into one body all those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. This Good News is so profound and far-reaching that every person of every language deserves to hear it.
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