Posts Tagged ‘Cornelius sends for Peter’

Acts 10:1-8 God Heard You

A special gift for a special friend

We meet a new character in our story today. His name was Cornelius and he feared Israel’s God. He was a Gentile but observed at least two of Israel’s practices towards God; giving gifts to the poor and prayer. This is the first time Peter will bring the gospel to a Gentile, but we are getting ahead of ourselves.

Cornelius is the commander of 100 Roman soldiers. I didn’t know what an “Italian Cohort” was until I looked in my bible helps. I thought it meant that he was a member of the Italian race. Instead I learned that “a ‘cohort’ consisted of 600 men under the command of six centurions with auxiliary forces in remote areas.” I’m assuming this one had auxiliary forces stationed in Italy because of the name given here. Read more »