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Peter Rehearses the Cornelius Story (23 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
February 20, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In last week's lesson, we were in chapter 10, with the story of Cornelius and Peter's vision from heaven. In chapter 11, we have Peter rehearsing his story before his Jewish brethren.
I have two points this evening:
I. Their Contention
II. Peter's Explanation
I. THEIR CONTENTION (VV. 1-4)
A. Distorted News
1. You will notice in (vs. 1), when "the apostles and the brethren...heard the news that the Gentiles had also received the Word of God," they contended with Peter (vs. 2b). Obviously, they didn't get the whole story; if they had, there would not have been any reason for contention. We know they must have had a distorted picture of what had taken place because when Peter goes on to explain what happened, we later find them glorifying God in (vs. 18). Two things:
a. News travels fast. Keep in mind; there were no telephones, cell phones or e-mail in those days. News traveled either by foot, camel, horse, or donkey. Jerusalem was about 80 miles from Caesarea the way the crow flies, but several days journey by foot; and yet, in a short time, all had heard the news that Peter had set down and had eaten with the Gentiles. This shows how fast the rumor mill works.
b. Second hand news is not always trustworthy. They had not yet heard from Peter--they didn't have the whole story. Why is it that people tend to believe everything they hear before they have all the facts?
ILLUS: In a piece for Time Magazine, Josh Tyrangiel said...
Please pass this on to as many people as possible. The Klingerman virus, the Muslim day of terror, Nostradamus' prophecy, the poisoned water supply, the 4,000 Jews who stayed home on Sept. 11 and the 70-year-old man who surfed the debris down 80 flights to safety -- all of these are fiction. They were made up, misheard or ...
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