The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 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 Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision.
It is hard to underestimate the seismic shift that has taken place. Every Christian up until this point was Jewish and faithful to the covenant of Moses. God has exploded across a barrier and accepted a non-Jewish, non-covenant keeping family and made them heirs to the promise, which was once the exclusive right of the Jewish people. This was how it was always meant to be, God was not waiting any longer, he pushed forward in the Spirit and challenged His children to trust Him and to follow Him (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- Is there anything in your life you sense God is asking you to trust in Him and to follow Him?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and pray for someone who is near to you right now, someone you can see.