Sometimes two hands aren't enough. One writer tells of the morning her son came in
from play begging for something to eat. They finally settled on a slice of bread smothered
in peanut butter. "But," she said, "you have to eat it outside."
He was only three. Most doors he could open by wrapping one hand around the knob and
sort of dropping his body until turning and pulling became part of the same motion. The
outside door was different, however. It needed two hands, and here was that slice of
bread filling one. What to do?
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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.