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Week 42 Day 1
In the early church astonishing things
were being done every day
but none more beautiful than
what happened in this story
about disciple Peter
the Jew who obeyed God rather than the local authorities
and Cornelius the God-fearing Gentile
a Roman military officer possibly charged with keeping the peace
Peter took a journey out of his comfort zone
Cornelius invited this radical Jew into his home
both were following some internal directives
each with a clear, fresh vision from God which they acted upon in faith
Peter had never lodged nor gone to eat
in the home of a Gentile
Cornelius knew that the Jews don't
or think like the people of Rome
neither one had any idea what to expect
When they talked
they discovered that God
had spoken to both
about their meeting
in the love of Jesus
God gave the Holy Spirit
to all the Gentiles
who were in the home
and the joy of the experience had no equal
The hardest part was for Peter
to go back to Jerusalem
and try to explain what had happened
to people who had not been there
who had never experienced
anything like this
ever in their lives.
TWO OPPOSING WORLDS
A Galilean Jew and a Roman Gentile embrace with joy, in Jesus.
1There was a man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion
of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2a devout man and
one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms
generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3He saw
clearly in a vision an angel of God saying to him, "Cornelius!"
4He was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?" So the angel said to him, 5"Send men to Joppa for Simon whose surname is Peter.
6He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.
He will tell you what you must do." When the angel departed,
Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier. 8He
explained all these things to them, and sent them to Joppa.
9The next day, as they drew near the city, Peter went up on
the housetop to pray. 10He became very hungry and wanted to
eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11and saw
heaven opened and a great sheet bound at the four corners,
descending to him. 12 In it were four-footed animals, creeping
things, and birds. 13A voice said, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat."
14But Peter said, "Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten
anything common or unclean." 15A voice spoke the second
time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common."
16This was done three times. 17While Peter wondered what
this vision meant, the men who had been sent from Cornelius
made inquiry and stood before the gate. 19The Spirit said to
Peter, "Behold, three men are seeking you. 20Arise and go
with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."
24Cornelius had called together his relatives and close
friends. 25As Peter was coming in, 27he found many who
had come together. 28He said to them, "You know how
unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with one
of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not
call any man common or unclean. 29Therefore I came without
objection. 34 In truth I perceive God shows no partiality.
35 In every nation whoever fears Him is accepted by Him."
44While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon
all those who heard the word. 45Those of the circumcision
were astonished, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been
poured out on the Gentiles.
Then Peter answered, 47"Can anyone forbid water, that
these should not be baptized just as we?" And he commanded
them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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