The book of Acts, Chapter 10, Reveals The Importance of Prayer and Giving.
Cornelius was a 1st century Roman Centurion, a hated enemy of the Jewish people, yet he knew of God’s Mercy and Compassion.
He showed mercy and compassion by giving generously to the needy, and he prayed at the regular prayer times. It was during his 3:PM prayer time when an angel appeared to him in a vision to tell him his prayer had been heard and his giving remembered.
The angel then gave Cornelius instructions on how to find a man named Peter.
This is the same Peter who had known Y’shua personally. He had been given instructions to preach and to testify that, “He is the One appointed by God to judge the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His Name.” Acts 10:42; Acts 10:43
Except Peter would have had a problem visiting Cornelius because he was born and raised Jewish. Religious Jews would never enter a non-Jewish persons home because they were considered unclean or common.
Peter Understands The Meaning of His Vision, Acts 9-16
It was noon and Peter was hungry when he went to the rooftop to pray. He fell into a trance and saw a vision of unclean animals being offered to him to eat. Peter obediently refuses, three times, before the sheet is taken away. Confused about the meaning, he hears a voice say, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
Just then, three of Cornelius’ men find Peter’s house and Peter hears, “…there are three men looking for you, go with them without hesitation, I have sent them.” Acts 10:20
Peter obeys, still unsure of the meaning of the vision, until Cornelius explains:
“Four days ago, I was in my house praying at this same time, 3:PM. Suddenly a man in radiant clothing stood before me and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your giving toward the poor, is remembered before God. Therefore send to Joppa for Simon, who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, by the sea. So I sent for you immediately, and you were kind enough to come. Now then, we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything He has instructed you to tell us.”
Now Peter understands his vision:
Peter says, “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism, but welcomes those from every nation who fear Him and do what is right…” Acts 10:35
God Welcomes All People Who Revere Him and Do What is Right
What is right? God defines what is right in Ten Statements, Exodus 20:1. Y’hoshua, (Jesus) sums them all up by quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. By this we see the greatest commandments are covered by Loving God, (the first 5), and the second half is covered by Loving one another.
“All the Law (Torah) and the Prophets” depend on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:40
Doing what is right is like gravity, it never changes because it is reality. Righteousness, (doing what is right) Is, Was and Always Will Be the way that leads to Life.
It’s the same for All People; including you, your enemy, and all those religious people you disagree with.
So let us pray and Give, without condemnation for ourselves or others. Riding ourselves of man-made divisions that don’t match up to our Creator’s Merciful, Compassionate and Impartially welcoming Love.