Tag: Roman Centurion
Scripture reading for November 8th: Acts 10-12
Have you ever struggled to understand what God is doing and wants to do? You are in good company! In this section of Acts, the Apostle Peter needed a vision from the Lord to help him overcome an area of prejudice that came from his Jewish upbringing and religion. Sometimes we learn things wrong and God knows how to work with us to get us straightened out again. Thank God for His mercy and patience!
Cornelius, a Gentile centurion, feared God and gave generously to those in need as well as praying regularly. One day Cornelius had a vision and an angel of God spoke his name plainly! (Acts 10:3) The angel told him that his prayers and gifts to the poor had come before the Lord and that he must send for a man named Simon Peter. God also gave a vision to Simon Peter at the same time. He saw a sheet with all kind of animals, reptiles, and birds of the air. A voice told him to get up, kill, and eat! Peter protested to the Lord that he had never eaten anything unclean. The voice spoke a second time warning him not to call anything impure that God had made clean. This was repeated three times before men who came from Cornelius knocked on his door. The Spirit told Peter to go with them.
The next day, Peter entered the home of Cornelius, something a good Jew would never do. Cornelius told him about his vision and invited Peter to speak to them. Peter began to preach the Gospel and the Holy Spirit came upon them. They all began to speak in tongues and praise God just like on the day of Pentecost! Peter and all the Jews with him were amazed at what God had done and they baptized them in water.
God knows how to reach people who are hungry for more! He will work with sincere believers who have prejudice to help them with truth. He recognized these Gentiles for their prayers, gifts to the poor and seeking of God. God is no respecter of persons. He gave the same Holy Spirit to the Gentiles as those in that upper room on Pentecost! What a wonderful Savior! Spend time in prayer today seeking the Lord for clarity and new direction! You can have a new Pentecost today!