Acts 10: 9-48 is the reading for today – and well worth reading – I noticed a couple of outstanding points, as follows: (verses 3 & 4) “One day at about three in the afternoon he (Cornelius) had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Cornelius stared at him in fear. ‘What is it Lord?’ he asked. Verses 9-15, 19-20, “Peter went up to the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven open and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ ‘Surely not, Lord!’ Peter replied, ‘I have never eaten anything impure or unclean. The voice spoke to him a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’Â Â … While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.’
We have recorded in these verses from Acts, the account of two men who had visions and talked to angel &/or God.
Today, if a person has a vision they areÂ often treated with scepticism by fellow Christians. I agree that the spirit/truth should be tested, but why is it that usually, the starting point is that such events are ‘delusions’ until proven true rather than true until proven false? A sign of the age we live in?
I also like Cornelius’ response to Peter’s arrival (as highlighted by Selwyn) re ‘Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.’
Yet, again in our current times – who, has the same expectations and is prepared to listen with such enthusiasm? (In that sense, ‘today’, is a very hard day!)