Daily Archives: 2018/04/21

Peter and Cornelius

The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers from Joppa accompanied him. The following day they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. On Peter’s arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshiped him. But Peter made him get up, saying, “Stand up; I am only a mortal.” And as he talked with him, he went in and found that many had assembled; and he said to them, “You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. Now may I ask why you sent for me?” Cornelius replied, “Four days ago at this very hour, at three o’clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me. He said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon, who is called Peter; he is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’Therefore I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. So now all of us are here in the presence of God to listen to all that the Lord has commanded you to say.” (Acts 10:23b-33, NRSV)

I am not to call any person profane or unclean!

Oh if we could all only get it like Peter does! Peter was a strict follower of the law. He did not eat anything that was unclean and only associated with Jews/Christians. Peter was one who had arguments with Paul about circumcision and other things that the first followers were saying the new Greek converts needed to be doing. Peter knew that Jews could not interact with Gentiles, but here he is a good Jew with Gentiles because God showed him that what God has created is not to be called profane or unclean. That all of creation is good and loved by God.

So what is profane or unclean for you that God would say is a beloved creation?


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