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10:1,2 There was a certain man in Caesarea.(a
large seaport city and home of Roman governors).called
Cornelius, a centurion
of the band called the Italian band.(soldiers
from headquarters in Rome), a devout
man and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to
the people and prayed to God always.
10:3 He saw in a vision evidently.(original
for 'evidently' is 'openly', 'manifesting', or come about, become manifest).about
the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him.(toward
him).and said unto him, Cornelius.
10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid and said, What is it,
And he said unto him, Your prayers and your alms
are come up for a memorial.(original
God always knows everything and here noted the efforts of Cornelius).before
the angel didn't deny
Cornelius's question regarding
the angel being the
10:5 And now send men to Joppa and call for one Simon, whose surname
10:6-9 He lodges with another names Simon who's a tanner, whose house
is by the sea side. He shall tell you what you ought to do. And when the
which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household
servants and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually and
when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
On the morrow, as they went on their journey and drew nigh unto the city,
Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour.(comprised
Notes: About twelve o'clock at noon. The Jews had two recurring
periods of prayer, morning and evening and some of them added a third season,
probably at noon. David of the
55:17 "Evening and morning and at noon, will I pray...".And
6:10 "...kneeled upon his knees three times a day and prayed.".It
was also customary
in the early Christian.church
to offer prayer at the third, sixth and ninth hours. Christians will, however,
have not merely stated seasons for prayer, but they will seize upon moments
of leisure and when their feelings strongly incline them to it, to
10:10 And he became very hungry and would have eaten. But while they
made ready, he fell into a trance,
10:11-18 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto
him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners and let down
to the earth. Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth
and wild beasts and creeping things and fowls of the air. And there came
a voice to him, Rise, Peter, kill and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord,
for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice
spake unto him again the second time, What God has cleansed that call not
you common. This was done thrice and the vessel was received up again into
heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had
seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made
enquiry for Simon's house and stood before the gate and called and asked
whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, was lodged there.
10:19 While Peter
thought on the vision.(*),
Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek you.
10:20-27 Arise therefore and get thee down and go with them, doubting
nothing, for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were
sent unto him from Cornelius and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek. What
is the cause wherefore you are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion,
a just man and one that feareth God and of good report among all the nation
of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into
his house and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in and lodged
them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them and certain brethren
from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea.
And Cornelius waited for them and had called together his kinsmen and near
friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at
his feet and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I
myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in and found many
that were come together. And he said unto them
10:28 You know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a
Jew to keep company or come unto one of another nation, but God has showed
me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
under the purposefully.misunderstood.application
of the Old
of the corrupt.Pharisees
(not all were corrupt:.Luke
7:36), the perverted the Old Testament Mosaic Law, making it look like
there was only separation from what they wanted to believe and that was
that they were the great wise ones, understanding the knowledge of God
like none other and that any Gentile was scum and couldn't even associate
Notes: The design was to keep them a separate people. To do this,
Moses forbade alliances by contract or marriage with the surrounding nations
which were idolatrous:.Leviticus
18:24-30; Deuteronomy 7:3-14;
9:11,12. Many peoples from other nations joined ancient Israel and
Tract Society: The Mosaic Law enjoined.a.generous.hospitality
love him as yourself":.Leviticus
19:33,34; Numbers 15:15,16;
27:18,19. They were subject
to the law:.Exodus
to strangers including all travelers, was the duty
of good citizens:.Job
31:32; Matthew 25:35; Hebrews
10:29-31 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I
was sent for. I ask therefore for what intent you have sent for me? And
Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour and at the
ninth hour I prayed in my house and behold, a man stood before me in bright
clothing, And said, Cornelius, your prayer is heard and your
are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
10:32 Send therefore to Joppa and call hither Simon, whose surname
is Peter. He is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side,
who when he comes shall speak unto thee.
10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to you and you have well done that
you are come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear
all things that are commanded thee of God.
10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive
that God is no respecter of persons.(?).
10:35 But in every nation he that fears.(what
does this mean?).him and works
is accepted with him.(or,
as the original has it 'is acceptable to himself', in other words, he is
as he could possibly be).
10:36 The word which God sent unto the
children of Israel, preaching peace by Emmanuel the Christ,
which is He that is Lord of all..(John
10:37 That word, I say, you know, which was published throughout all
Judaea and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
10:38 How God anointed Emmanuel of Nazareth with the Holy
Ghost and with power, who
went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed
of the devil, for God
was with him.
10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land
of the Jews and in Jerusalem; whom they slew
and hanged on a tree.
God raised up the third day and showed him openly;
10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God,
even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead..(?)
10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people and to testify
that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge.(what
on Earth does this 'Judge' mean?).of
the quick and dead.(alive
and the dead).
10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever
believes in him shall receive remission of sins.
Note that the
were to focus on the importance of Christ to those they would speak to;
note too the importance
of believing; believing is a spiritual quality,
the physical act of baptism and encompasses
any spiritual meaning that may be attached to that ritual.
10:44 While Peter yet spake these words,.the
Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished,
as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured
out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
This Holy Ghost,
also called the Holy Spirit, has a gift with it. What
is it and what can it do for you?
10:46 For they heard them speak
with tongues and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized,
which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Then prayed they.(they
he would tarry