February 2, 2018: SOAP #2983: Exodus 35-36; Acts 10 Scripture: Acts (NIV) 10:9 About noon Peter went up on the roof to pray.30 Cornelius answered: “Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, […]
February 2, 2018: SOAP #2983: Exodus 35-36; Acts 10
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 10:9 About noon Peter went up on the roof to pray.30 Cornelius answered: “Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, 'Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.
Observation: Two characters, vastly different backgrounds, totally different positions in life, yet both involved in praying.
Peter: one of Jesus' closest disciples who had experienced the tongues of fire and been filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Yet he is still full of prejudice against Gentiles. While he is praying, he has a heavenly vision with some specific instructions.
Cornelius: a Roman soldier, a commander over 100 soldiers. What I see as uncharacteristic for a Roman soldier, he had a kind heart for the poor and had the habit of praying. While he was praying, he had a heavenly visitor with specific instructions to send for Peter with specific information as to where Peter could be found.
In their time of talking with God, God began a process that ministered to their different needs and linked them together for the ages. God ministered to Peter's prejudice and to Cornelius need for acceptance into the Kingdom of God.
Application: There are people around me who need to know they are worthy and acceptable in God's kingdom. They may soon be forced to leave the only home they have ever known and return to a country they have never really known. They need to know that the United States is not the kingdom of God! What a shame it would be if they had to leave our nation before they met Jesus! Church, we have some work to do!!! We need our prejudices removed!!!
Prayer: Holy Spirit, work in me/us and through me/us, I/we pray. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!