Through Peter, God healed the sick and even raised Dorcas from the dead. However, he stayed in Judea and would not go to the people that were not Jews. Our story begins with God teaching Peter a lesson.Today’s message come from Acts 10:1-48
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We are in Caesarea which is currently located in North Central Israel. There was a man named Cornelius who was a centurion (the commander of a century in the ancient Roman army) of a band called the Italian band. Cornelius was a Godly man but did fear God. He then saw a vision that was an angel of God. He was told to seek for Simon whose surname is Peter. Go to him and he will tell you what to do. Cornelius sent two servants and a devout soldier to Joppa. (Vs. 1-8)
Meanwhile on the morning Cornelius’ men went on their journey and they were close to Joppa, Peter had gone to the rooftop to pray about the sixth hour. Peter became hungry but fell in a trance. He saw the heavens open up as he saw a four-knitted corner sheet descend. There were many four-footed beasts, wild beast, creeping things, and fowls of the air. Then a voice said, “Rise Peter, kill and eat” but Peter responded that he never ate anything that was common or unclean. The voice instructed Peter that what God has cleaned would not be common. This was done three times and then ascended to heaven. (Vs. 10-17)
While Peter was still in the trance, he was told that there were men at his door that were looking for him and he needed to go answer the door. Peter answered the door to find the three men that Cornelius had sent. They told Peter of the happenings of their master and told him that he must accompany them back to Cornelius’ home. They slept the night and left the next morning. Upon Peter’s arrival, Cornelius fell at Peter’s feet and started worshipping him. Peter told him to stand and stated, “I am just a man”. (VS. 18-26)
Peter entered and found many waiting for him, he spoke, “you do realize that Jews are not to be found amongst non-Jews. However, the Lord has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. At this point Peter asked why he was brought here. Cornelius told him of his vision and then stated we are all here in the presence of God to learn more about Him. (Vs. 27-33)
Peter stood to speak and starts by saying God is no respecter of persons, but every nation fears Him. Then he says that it all starts way back when John the Baptist was baptizing in the River of Jordan. He continued with Jesus being anointed with the Holy Ghost who went about doing good and healing. We were a witness to all this including the dying on the cross and raising again on the third day. At that point we were commanded to go preach and make disciples. (Vs. 34-43)
While Peter spoke, all that heard the word had the Holy Ghost fall upon them. The people were astonished, and Peter told them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. They prayed. (Vs. 44-48)
Questions to be answered:
- What did we learn about God in this story?
- What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
- What did you learn new in this story?
- What should I do differently because of this story?