The Book of ACTS, Chapter 10 contains a narrative that recounts one particular day in the life of Shimon Kefa, while he is preparing to join his friends and family for a mid-day lunch at Yafo (Today’s Port of Jaffa). The narrative involves a vision that Shimon (Peter) saw, though he was quite perplexed at what he was seeing at the time!
Though Shimon himself gives us the proper and correct interpretation of the vision (Acts 10:28), his interpretation has nonetheless managed to slip past most people and for quite some time now, New Testament readers have interpreted Shimon’s words for him…wrongly!
On this episode (PART 2) of our study in Acts Chapter 10 – “Peter’s Vision,” we are going to have a verse-by-verse look into the story of Shimon Kefa (Simon Peter) as he was preparing himself for some lunch one day in the ancient city of Yafo – Today’s Port of Jaffa just south of Tel Aviv.
On this half-hour program in Acts Chapter 10, we will have a look at verses 4 through 13. We will learn the Divine commandment to love the stranger that resides within our “gates.” We will also learn briefly about the man Cornelius, a Roman centurion and commander of the Roman army at Caesarea. He was stationed at the same seaport that King Herod had built generations before him.
Cornelius was praying one-day at Caesarea at about 3:00pm in the afternoon corresponding to the time that the Jewish religious establishment in Jerusalem had been performing the afternoon prayers in the Temple. While praying, Cornelius was given an angelic visitation that he must send a delegation of men southward to the Port of Jaffa. They were to meet Shimon Kefa staying at his friend’s house – Shimon the Tanner.
The events that take place, as recorded in this narrative, are stunningly powerful and the teaching is likewise quite prophetic in fulfillment of the prophetic words of the Israelite and Jewish prophets regarding the restoration of the whole house of Israel – all the families of Jacob.
In this study, which focuses on Acts 10 and verses 4 and 5, we will examine the identity of the angel among other topics of interest.