Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 We often do not see God in our everyday lives, in the work we do and in our economic transactions. In fact, the business deal described in our lesson had great spiritual significance; it was an emblem of God's plans to restore the land of Israel to his people. Ordinary business transactions can be sacred works. Martin Luther referred to this concept as the priesthood of all believers, the belief that every job when done in service to the Lord is a sacred vocation:
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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.