15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
As a Jew, Peter knew the Law well. In verse 28 he mentions how it was common knowledge that it’s against the law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. Before Peter’s encounter with Cornelius’ household, God had already prepared him to follow a new and different way. One that didn’t set apart the Gentiles, but instead included them.
As Peter addresses those around him he goes on in saying in verse 34, 35:
(…) “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
Although God gave Peter this vision and revelation, you will see him being rebuked by Paul for being afraid of being seen eating with Gentiles when other Jews came around (Galatians 2:11-14). The fear of men got to him.
Sometimes God put other believers around us to affirm His Truth in our lives (even when it comes in the format of a rebuke!).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Pray for the spiritually lost among the global community in Shanghai; pray that they will be drawn to God by the Holy Spirit.