Jeremiah 1:4-10 In this powerful, poetic account, Jeremiah remembers that time when he was a boy and first heard God’s call to preach. One can only wonder what was going through the mind of the young Jeremiah. Where did he imagine God’s assignment might take him? Was he expecting fame and fortune? Did he dream the road ahead of him would be trouble-free? Did he assume that when he delivered a word from the Lord the people would listen, respond positively, and honor him with some ancient equivalent of a Nobel Prize? Perhaps he did. He was, after all, only a boy.
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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.