While the apostle Peter was in Joppa, staying with Simon, the tanner, he had a vision brought on by the Lord. In the vision, Jesus reminded Peter of the creatures He created, that all were deemed clean and good to eat.
The vision also applied to men, in a manner that would become clear to Peter as the delegation sent by Cornelius, a Roman army officer had concluded their 2 day journey from Caesarea to Joppa.
“17 Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate. 18 And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there.” (Acts 10:17-18)
As the men sent from Cornelius arrived at Simon’s house, Peter continued to wonder about the meaning of the vision. The house where Peter was staying was outside Joppa since Simon’s occupation as a tanner, required him to be outside the walls of the city, where the men from Caesarea came looking for Peter.
19 While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. 20 Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” (Acts 10:19-20)
As he prayed and reflected on the vision he received from the Lord, Peter heard the Holy Spirit instruct him to rise to his feet, and walk downstairs to greet Cornelius’ men, and go with them with confidence.
“21 Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, “Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?” 22 And they said, “Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you.” (Acts 10:21-22)
Curious as to why the men came for him, as he greets them Peter inquires as to why the delegation traveled from Caesarea. The men reveal the purpose for their divinely appointed mission, to have the apostle accompany them back to the Roman capital.
“23 Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.” (Acts 10:23)
After they rested and stayed at Simon’s house overnight, the delegation, accompanied by Peter and a half dozen other believers began their journey back to Caesarea, where the apostle would answer God’s call, and fulfill his mission. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre