Exegetical note: The story of the Pharaoh’s ineffective plot to decimate the burgeoning Hebrew population by killing its newborn males is a tale of the godliness, courage, and cleverness of a series of "powerless" women in the face of abused political authority. The omitted verses here (15-21) tell of first the Jewish midwives who refuse to cooperate. Then Moses' mother and sister conspire successfully to save him. Even Pharaoh’s daughter, out of sheer human compassion, knowingly defies her father's cruel orders.
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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.