“Orderly Sequence” in Peter’s Defense in Jerusalem (Acts 11:4-10)
Scripture: Acts 11:4-10
We discuss a term Luke used in Acts 11:4 that is sometimes translated “orderly sequence.” To show how Luke uses his narrative we examine the extended inverse parallel structure of the travel narrative that goes from Luke 9:51 to Luke 19:48. Several passages indicate that God’s purpose was for Messiah to go to Jerusalem and be rejected. There was real pathos when Jerusalem “did not recognize the time of visitation.” It is important to learn what the Holy Spirit-inspired biblical author means by his use of terms and allusions. What we commonly think about certain things often obscures how the authors of the Bible understood things. For example, Peter uses the term “wild beasts” in Acts 11:5, 6 which would be shocking to the apostles in Jerusalem.
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