Why People Don't Believe Them and What You Can Do About It, Cycle A
When we came up out of the tomb of Lazarus, the other half of our touring group, who were waiting their turn to go down, greeted us with shhhh's and whispers of "be quiet, a funeral procession is coming." My wife, Jo, and I were on a tour of Israel in 1989, and our guide had brought our group to the place at Bethany where tourists are shown what the home of Mary and Martha and Lazarus might have looked like, and then we were taken down into a tomb, supposedly like the one where Lazarus was buried. We went down many steps, deep below the street.
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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.