The belief of a military apocalyptic Messiah that would come from the House of David was so dominant in Jewish eschatology that two Roman emperors in the first century ACE, Vespasian, who destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70, and Domitian in the year 90, ordered their soldiers to seek out and kill every male from the lineage of David. This occurred two to three generations after the execution of Jesus, the unrecognized Messiah by the Jewish elders. A stubborn religious belief held by the overseers of prophecy would not be reconciled to the facts of 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.