When my parents' bedroom was remodeled, we didn't notice that our family's globe was
on the top shelf in the closet. The new doorframe guarantees that the globe will remain
imprisoned on that shelf until the house is torn down.
Isaiah's vision of the future views the world as disposable as that globe. The prophet
speaks of giant changes -- not the small, incremental ones like the optometrist puts to
you, "Is this better or is this better?" The promised change is almost too large for
humanity to grasp. The magnitude of change anticipated is the difference between the
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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.