October 19, 2019: SOAP #3607: Job 5; Psalm 108; Acts 10-11 Scripture: Acts (NIV) 11:2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3 and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 4 Peter began and explained everything to them precisely as it had happened […]
October 19, 2019:SOAP #3607: Job 5; Psalm 108; Acts 10-11
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 11:2 So when Peter went up toJerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3 and said, “You wentinto the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.” 4 Peter began andexplained everything to them precisely as it had happened
Acts (KJV) 11:4 But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expoundedit by order unto them, saying
Observation: Peter was a Jew and had been raised as aJew. He knew the restrictions on mixingwith non-Jewish people. When the Holy Spirit told Peter to go with the men askingfor him (Acts 10:19), He left out one detail"they were Gentiles!!! Would Peterbreak the tradition and obey God's clear instruction OR would he keep the traditionand refuse God's instruction?
Peter went. The Holy Spirit filled theGentiles the same way He filled the Jewish believers on the day of Pentecost(Acts 2:4). Here in Acts 11, Peter explainedto the other Jewish disciples as to why he broke the tradition. It is not difficult to understand why Peter 'explainedeverything to them precisely' and 'expounded it by order.'
Application: Last night I was at two middle schoolfootball games. A gentleman in the bleachersasked about my cap with 'Navy Corpsman' and the symbol of the Third MarineDivision. (In Viet Nam I was a Navy HospitalCorpsman assigned to Golf Company 2/4, Third Marine Division.) Giving 'precise' answers and 'expounding itby order' gave opportunity to show the work of God in directing my life. Many things in my life make no sense if Ileave God out of the story!
Prayer: HeavenlyFather, there are so many things in my life that have no purpose or reason ifnot considered in the light of Your involvement. You are the reason, my sustainer, and myshield of protection. Amen
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