Does the Bible Command the “TARRY Meetings”?
Is this modern “tarry meeting” the true scriptural WAY, or heathenism?
Those who defend the “tarry meeting” with, perhaps, a great deal of heat, will quote the scripture to the effect that Jesus COMMANDED us to “TARRY UNTIL ye be endued with power from on high.”
This command of Jesus to “tarry” is found in Luke 24:49. Pentecostal people invariably read this text thus: “Tarry UNTIL ye be endued with power.” Then they construe the word “tarry” to mean the kind of meeting described above.
But that is not what this text says at all!
RIGHTLY quoted, Jesus’ command to His disciples was: “Tarry ye IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM, until ye be endued with power FROM on high.”
Jesus told them to tarry, not in a certain MANNER, but in a definite PLACEin the CITY OF JERUSALEM. Why do Pentecostal people always omit the words “YE,” expressing TO WHOM this command was addressed, and the words “IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM,” telling WHERE they were to “tarry”? And why did Jesus ask them to remain in the city of Jerusalem?
Because the “other Comforter” had not yet come FROM HEAVENfrom “on high.” And Jesus knew that WHEN IT came, it would come first to the city of Jerusalem. And so Jesus was merely instructing His disciples to wait, or remain, in Jerusalem until the day of Pentecost, when, it had been ordained, the Holy Spirit was to come from heaven“from on high”to earth.
Now “tarry” is an English word, translated over 300 years ago. It is an old English word, formerly in popular usage, now seldom used. Today many mistake its meaning. What does it mean? It does not mean “pray.” It does not mean “supplicate.” It does not mean beg, or agonize, or repeat words over and over. It does not mean a prayer meeting.
The dictionary says “tarry” means “to put off going or coming: linger. To remain in the same place; abide; stay. To await; to delay; sojourn, stay.”
The literal Greek, word for word, from the Interlinear Greek text is: “But REMAIN YE IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM, till ye be clothed with power from on high.” How can we conceive the idea of these modern “tarry meetings” from the scriptural command: “REMAIN YE IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM”?
But, protests the “tarry meeting” defender, it says in Acts 1:13, 14, that the disciples “went up into an upper room,” and “these all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” The assumption is that the disciples met at a certain house for this purposethat they were holding a “tarry meeting”that they begged and pleaded with God until He finally sent them the “blessing” from on highand that we should do the same thing. Often the statement is made that “it took the disciples ten days to pray down Pentecost!”