Today’s Tasting: Acts 9-10
Chapter 9- Saul, a martyr of believers is converted and blinded
Chapter 10- Cornelius sends for Peter, a disciple sent to the Gentiles
Dietary Laws for the Jews restrained them to eat only clean animals as specified by the Lord. Peter prayed and saw an open heaven with all kinds of four-footed animals, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds. A voice said, “Rise Peter kill and eat and again and said, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” Then, the Spirit told him to travel with three men whom He had sent. He was told that Cornelius, who feared God, was divinely instructed to summon him to his house and to hear words from him.
Peter preached truth to the Gentiles, telling them that through the name of Jesus, whoever believes in Him would receive remission of sins.
While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And, those who heard were astonished because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. They heard them speak in tongues and magnify God. He commanded the Believers to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Today’s Nourishment: There is no question that we see the power of God in these two chapters. Saul continues to breathe threats and murder against the disciples of Jesus and anyone who follows Christ.
But, God’s plans are not our plans. God devises a plan that is sure to arrest Saul’s attention, even to the point of temporary blindness. He works through a man named Ananius. God told Ananius to bear His name before Gentiles, Kings, and children of Israel and to go lay hands on Saul that he may receive his sight. Then, Ananius was to pray for Saul to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
When Ananius did as the Lord had told him, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes. He received his sight at once. Immediately Saul preached “The Christ” and all who heard were amazed. They knew that this Saul was the one destroying Believers. Then, the Jews plotted to kill Saul, but God made a way of escape for him. In Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were afraid of Saul. God used Barnabas to speak on Saul’s behalf that he was truly converted and boldly preaching in the name of Jesus.
God worked a healing miracle through Peter for a man named Aeneas at Lydda, which caused all who dwelt there to turn to the Lord. Peter continued in miracles by raising a woman from the dead named Tabitha (Dorcas) of Joppa and many believed on the Lord. God works through Peter again for a man named Cornelius through a vision and was summoned to his house to hear words from Peter. So, he spoke the words to all the people who were present and while speaking the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. The gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, for they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.
It was so evident the workings of God’s power and the Holy Spirit. In each situation He prepared the way in protection, healing, redemption, raising the dead, and filling of the Holy Spirit.
We also see how God power moves when they believed and put their trust in Him. God works the same way today. His word says He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Peter told them,” I perceive that God shows no partiality but in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”
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Tomorrow’s Delight: Acts 11-12
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