from Lynda Lindsey
Peter asking the men why they’ve come: We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to have you come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say. Acts 10:22
Peter, finding a crowd gathered at Cornelius’ house: God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean (Gentiles) … May I ask why you sent for me? from Acts 10:28-29
Cornelius relating why he sent for Peter: A man in shining clothes said: Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter… So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us. from Acts 10:32-33
Following hard after God can be compared to dancers and a choreographer working together to develop a new routine. The dancers have rehearsed, both independently and with each other, committed the steps and sequence of steps to memory and know the music. Rehearsals continue. Sometimes all goes according to plan. Sometimes the choreographer changes a sequence or tweaks the steps. Because they have all been a team for so long the dancers are easily redirected. They have learned to be prepared for the unexpected.
Peter, following hard after God, kept the Jewish laws. Peter didn’t eat unclean food or associate with Gentiles much less visit a Gentile home. Yet we find Peter staying in Simon the tanner’s home, a job that Jews considered unclean. God the Choreographer is already at work tweaking the dance routine. Peter obediently takes advantage of being sent to Cornelius’ home, issues the Gospel, watches the Holy Spirit come in power, and ushers in new converts to the faith…Gentile converts! Again God the Choreographer is at work tweaking the dance routine.
The Centurion, following hard after God, was rewarded by entrance into the kingdom of God, for God in no wise casts out any who genuinely seek Him. Cornelius, a wealthy Roman military officer, didn’t refuse to listen to the wisdom of a poor fisherman. Cornelius was willing to risk change to be obedient to God’s leading. Again God the Choreographer is at work tweaking the dance routine. Peter and the Centurion were willing to be directed, and redirected, allowing God to be the Great Choreographer. Are we?