Galatians 2:11–14 (ESV)
Paul Opposes Peter
11But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For
before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And
the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But
when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, "If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?"
What did Peter do wrong? Well, he behaved with a two-faced attitude. He was sitting with gentiles until the Jewish Christians of the circumcision party came in. Then he abandoned the Gentiles to sit with the other group and took up hypocritical actions.
Both groups are supposed to be Christians, but one group was acting contrary to the Gospel. When Peter switched tables, he moved from the freedom of the Gospel to the Law. It was divisive and tears apart church unity. The Gentiles don’t have to keep
the Jewish laws... nor the Jews, but was returning to the Law. I’m sure the Gentile were hurt to see Peter’s abandonment and then to ridicule.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not be two-faced, but
to live by and for the Gospel. It is so easy to hurt people’s feelings... help me to not be a stumbling block to their faith. Amen.