I've read this chapter a hundred times before, but it really jumped off the page to me for some reason with this reading. The one thing that struck me in this whole thing is that God was at work orchestrating the encounter between Cornelius and Peter the entire time. God was speaking and moving in each them simultaneously to bring them face-to-face with each other. The key is: both had to listen to what God was instructing them to do or they would have missed the payoff of the whole household becoming followers of Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit. Take-away: we may not always know the reason why we should do something, but God could be orchestrating something that we will only discover as we take the steps of obedience. God orders the steps of both to bring them together . Amazing!
I laughed when I read this chapter. Often what happens in churches is that when God starts really moving and transforming people's lives, there's a group of people, usually the one's who have been around the longest or have been Christian the longest, who don't particularly like it. We see this reaction to Gentiles becoming Christians by the Jewish believers. The good thing is, after Peter explains what happened and how God had commanded him , they accept this new thing God is doing. The antithesis of this initial reaction is found later in the chapter. The church in Antioch is one of my favorite examples of churches working together to help one another. I don't want to expound to far, because some of you might, but I think more of these actions between churches are needed.
Your thoughts and take-aways?