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Astounding

Acts 10:34-48    Joshua 9-10    Job 25

“The Jewish believers who came with Peter were astounded” (Acts 10:45). And the reason? “That the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles!” Even. Indeed. It is a long way from the record of Joshua’s conquests to Peter’s discovery that “God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34). Whereas once the Gibeonites had only trickery at their disposal to save themselves (Joshua 9), now “everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10:43). Even Gentiles. Astounding.

“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people?” (Acts 10:47). Well, as an eyewitness, Peter saw it clearly: “he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 10:48). But, as we shall soon see, the struggle was just beginning . . . Including those “not like us,” even when God fills them “just like us” (v.47), is difficult work. Especially when history has played out in such an opposing manner (Joshua 10:40). . .

What shall we do with today’s texts? Well . . . Wrestle. With Joshua. And with our own prejudices. And the temptation to play the role of gatekeeper for God. But this isn’t all . . . Celebrate! Give thanks! God shows no partiality. This is good news for you. And me. And for the whole world that God so loves. Yes. Wrestle. It is part of what it means to enter the story. But do more. Thank God and welcome others. People will be astounded. Amen.

“In every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
     — Acts 10:35

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