Acts 2:3 (NLT)
Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them [the disciples.]
TIME OF DAY:
A little further on in this chapter (verse 15) Simon/Peter addresses a crowd & states that it is 9am in the morning.
This scene is set in “the one place” mentioned in verse 1. Some commentators propose that the disciples met on the day of Pentecost in the same upper room where Jesus & the disciples had had the last supper.
The NIV states, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.” It is probable that the “all” means the 120 disciples spoken of Acts 1:15. I have only drawn 26 of there number.
James & John (the “sons of thunder” as Jesus’ described them!) are the men with reddish beards in the foreground, on the right of the picture.
Mary Magdalene is on the left of the picture, in dark clothes, with her hands clasped together.
Thaddeus/Judas (son of James), is the man with the big bushy beard & striped outer robe, standing behind Mary Magdalene.
The other people are unnamed disciples.
Acts 2:3-4 (The Message) states that “Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.” I liked the image of wildfire, but decided to use the image of lightning, coming from the ceiling, & forming tongues of flame on each of the disciples heads.
Adam Clarke’s commentary states “Scintillations, coruscations, or flashes of fire, were probably at first frequent through every part of the room where they were sitting; at last these flashes became defined, and a lambent flame, in the form of a cloven tongue, became stationary on the head of each disciple; a proof that the Spirit of God had made each his temple or residence.”