Key Verse: Verse 2 - "And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,"
Key Words: contended with him
The Jews of Judea didn’t care for the fact that Peter had carried the Word of God to the Gentiles. They had reached a decision based on what they had heard without allowing Peter the opportunity to give them the facts.
People have not changed, nor have churches. We are still basing things on what we hear or think we hear and what we see or think we see without having all the facts.
In 2004 the top two commercials for the year ran during the Super Bowl. The commercial that finished second had a man standing in line in a convenience store talking with a friend on his cell phone. When he gets to the counter to pay for his items he says in great shock, “You’re being robbed?” talking to his friend. The clerk looking down at the register thinks he is talking to him and proceeds to grab some pepper spray and spraying it in the man’s eyes, the clerk jumps over the counter and proceeds to beat the man with a baseball bat, and then shoots him with a taser gun. He did all of this because of what he heard or thought he heard. Wrong decision!!
The commercial that finished first had a man preparing a romantic meal for his wife. He was in the kitchen cutting up tomatoes when he steps back and trips over his wife’s white cat. Tomatoes go flying everywhere including leaving tomatoes and tomato stains on the cat. The man picks the cat up to take it to the bathroom to clean it. When his wife sees her husband with her tomato-stained cat in one hand and a knife in the other, she is furious and grabs the lamp and cracks her husband over the head…because of what she thought she saw. Wrong decision!!
Moral: Don’t make decisions on what you think you hear or what you think you see…get the facts.
What to do:
✞ John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
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