Late one summer afternoon in a tourist city airport, a lightning storm halted all flights for about an hour. It happened at the frenzy of the busiest daily time for departing flights. Anger erupted almost immediately from people waiting in line to check ticket alternatives. Threats and loud demands were hurled at the helpless counter agents. Frantic keyboard searches yielded few acceptable options as the minutes ticked away. Complaints were relayed up and down the long lines of frustrated travelers. Two petite women seemed impervious to all this commotion.
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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.