From Pastor Perry

11/28/2013 Acts 10:23-33


Acts 10:23–33 (ESV)

Peter's Vision (Part 2)

23 So he invited them in to be his guests.
The next day he rose and went away with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. 28 And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. 29 So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”
30 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

In yesterday’s reading, Cornelius the centurion had sent for Peter.  In today’s reading Peter arrives.  He is still perplexed about his own vision about the sheet and the unclean animals in which he was told to kill and eat.  Cornelius had a crowd of relatives and friends waiting for Peter.  Cornelius bows down at Peter’s feet and worshiped him.  Peter quickly says “Stand up; I too am a man.”  For Peter to enter the house of Cornelius is unheard of, no orthodox Jew would ever defile himself by associating or entering a Gentiles home.  Gentiles were called dogs.  Peter begins to see that his vision is far greater that clean and unclean animals, it reaches out to people of all nations.  Peter sees that the barrier between Jews and Gentiles has been removed.  The ministry of the Gospel is being opened up to all people, both Jews and Gentiles.  This is big and is going to take some digesting to realize the implications.  A major changing point in the ministry.

I pray: O Lord, I give thanks for all that you have given me and this world.  I especially thank you for the gift of faith that you have given me.  Please help me to share this gift of Gospel with all people, of all colors, all tongues, and from every nation.  Help me to not be prejudice or to pick and choose with whom I share.  Use me oh Lord!  Amen

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Johnny | Reply 28.11.2013 14:00

Happy Thanksgiving

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