The image of a rock is often used in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy, Psalms, Isaiah) to speak of God's steadfastness, reliability, and strength. One can get a profound sense of the appropriateness of this reference touring the Black Hills of South Dakota, viewing the two and a half billion-year-old granite monoliths erupting all throughout the hills, standing bold and undaunted over the Ponderosa pine forests. Mount Rushmore is carved out of one of these -- the faces of four American presidents who spoke guiding words at critical times in our history.
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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.