Acts + Letters Lesson 7 Day 4

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Acts 11:1-18


9. “You went in to uncircumcised men, and ate with them!” (vs 3)

The Jewish Christians challenged Peter for the same reason he said “no” the first time the Lord said, “Rise, Peter. Kill and eat!”

Sharing a meal together was a special sign of fellowship in that time and culture. This was considered to be a significant compromise by these Jewish Christians. (Enduring Word)

It’s sad that the believers in Judea were more concerned about Peter being a faithful Jew than excited about the good news that the Gentiles received the word of God.

10. Peter began, and explained to them in order, vs 4

“Peter did not flaunt his apostolic authority. Instead he began with a humble recitation of what happened. The Greek makes this particularly clear. It indicates that Peter began at the beginning and explained everything precisely­ – a very strong word – as it happened.” (Boice) Source (Enduring Word)

11. Follow God’s instructions even if others may not understand.

Peter obeyed God instead of following the traditions of man. God showed him that the vision of kosher and unkosher animals was about people and not food.

Jesus “came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near. For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:17-18)

I was born a Gentile so I’m thankful God extended access to Father to me through Jesus and his Spirit.

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