Many times great leaders have been permitted a vision of what was to come through their efforts, but were not able to carry on their work to its completion. Moses was such a figure. After the struggles of forty years wandering with the people of Israel, he could stand on a mountaintop and see in the distance the promised land, but his life ended before he could enter it.
Abraham Lincoln was another who guided his nation through the stormy years of civil war, only to be struck down by an assassin's bullet before he could lead his people into reunion and rebuilding.
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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.