Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 25

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

Deb and Rob had some great input in our last discussion concerning the angel sent to Cornelius in Acts chapter 10. If you missed that discussion or any of the others you can find them at

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I would love to hear your thoughts on the Book of Acts!

Here is our discussion topic for today:

9 The next day as Cornelius’s messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon, 10 and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. 12 In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. 13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.”

14 “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.”

15 But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” 16 The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.

17 Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house. Standing outside the gate, 18 they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there.

19 Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you.20 Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.”

21 So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?” 

22 They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.” 23 So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa.” Acts 10:9-23

For today’s discussion tell me about five things that stand out to you in this dream sequence.

 

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5 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire Pt. 25

  1. I have read this passage several times and today is the first time I read it with a different mindset. So these are the five things that stuck out to me. 1) “12 In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. 13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” — Every man has a right to be fed the Good News; 2) “11 He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners.” — Go to the four corners of the earth, 3) “15 But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” — Do not judge others for you will be judged as you have judged. 4) “20 Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.” — Trust and obey your Lord, God. 5) “16 The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.” — In a blink of an eye you will be taken up to heaven.

  2. 1. Peter went to the roof to pray and fell into a trance (a dream inspired by the Lord).
    2. The heavens opened (this happened when Jesus was baptized).
    3. The vision of the sheet and the message to Peter were repeated 3 times (3 is a significant Biblical #).
    4. Peter was perplexed, so the Holy Spirit came and interpreted Peter’s vision for him.
    5. Peter obeyed the Lord. He invited Cornelius’s men in for the night and left with them the next day. He brought other Christians with him.

    • Thanks Olivia! I had never thought of the correlation between this episode of the heavens opening and the time they opened during Jesus baptism. I am going to have to study the wording in the original language and then meditate a bit on this. I think there could be something deep in this. What do you think the comparison means?

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