Insights on Today's Reading
Acts 11 - When the Christians in Judea heard that Peter went to a Gentile and this Gentile got saved, many of the Christian Jews got upset with him. At that time there was a common consensus of the Jewish Christians that a Gentile couldn't get saved. Peter defended his actions as he told them of his vision of the sheet in chapter 10, as he told them that God told him to go, and the clear fact that the Holy Spirit recognized the validity of the Gentiles salvation. When the church heard this they rejoiced that God was offering salvation even to Gentiles, verse 18! This would continue in verses 19-24. Barnabas, whose name means "son of encouragement" went looking for Saul to help him be accepted by the other believers, verses 25,26.
Acts 12 - King Herod had James, the brother of John killed and then proceeded to arrest Peter. While the church prayed for his release, an angel came and opened the doors of the prison to release Peter. When Peter came to where the disciples were gathered, a maid heard him and ran and told the others that Peter was just outside, verse 14. The church didn't believe her, which meant they didn't believe God would answer their prayers, verses 15,16. Peter explained what happened and everyone rejoiced. Meanwhile, God took Herod's life in a horrible manner, verse 23. Because of God's miracle the impact of the word of God would be multiplied, verse 24.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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