Insights on Today's Reading
Acts 9 - This is the famous "Saul's Conversion" chapter. Saul was threatening new followers of Christ everywhere. He was even willing to travel to Damascus to seek them out. On his way God intervened in his life. Saul saw a extremely bright light shine down on him. He heard a Voice calling him by name, verse 4. Saul responded and was told that it was Jesus speaking to him. Jesus confronted Saul regarding his persecuting Jesus by persecuting Jesus' followers. Saul was blinded by that light and he was escorted into Damascus. Shortly after, a disciple named Ananias was spoken to by the Lord and told to go and heal Saul's blindness but then to tell Saul what God wanted to do in and through him. Saul got saved! His sight was renewed. Then he was baptized and began almost immediately to argue that Jesus was the Messiah, verse 22. The rest of the chapter deals with Saul's early experiences. Near the end of the chapter Peter is used to raise Dorcas from the dead, verse 40.
Acts 10 - This is the chapter of "Cornelius' Conversion." Cornelius was a Roman centurion who had a heart for God and he was seeking the Lord. An angel let him know his prayers and kind deeds were recognized by God and he should summon the Apostle Peter to come to him. Meanwhile Peter was having an unusual vision of a sheet full of all kinds of animals lowered to him with the instructions to eat what he saw, verse 13. Peter objected at first because the animals were considered by the Jews to be unclean. But the voice told him not to call "unclean" what God has called "clean" verse 15. Peter was then summoned to go to meet with Cornelius. He did and saw a great conversion of the centurion as well as many others, verses 44-48.
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