I can only guess how many graves I've seen while officiating at scores of funerals in
numerous states. My wife has tried to trace where some of her ancestors are buried in
Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee, so I've traipsed across many burial grounds with her
looking at barely legible headstones and markers. All cemeteries share this -- silence
broken only by wind and frequent sounds of sorrow and weeping.
One day in the Bethany cemetery near Jerusalem, something different happened. An
occurrence took place that I've never seen in the many graveyards I've visited. A man
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.