11 While the man kept holding on to Peter and John, the whole crowd ran to them in amazement at the place known as Solomon’s Porch.[b] 12 Peter saw that a crowd had gathered, and he said:
Friends, why are you surprised at what has happened? Why are you staring at us? Do you think we have some power of our own? Do you think we were able to make this man walk because we are so religious? 13 The God that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and our other ancestors worshiped has brought honor to his Servant[c] Jesus. He is the one you betrayed. You turned against him when he was being tried by Pilate, even though Pilate wanted to set him free.
14 You rejected Jesus, who was holy and good. You asked for a murderer to be set free, 15 and you killed the one who leads people to life. But God raised him from death, and all of us can tell you what he has done. 16 You see this man, and you know him. He put his faith in the name of Jesus and was made strong. Faith in Jesus made this man completely well while everyone was watching.
Richard: Here we see the truth that Jesus did not come to die. Rather, the Jewish people should have accepted Him.
The Lord said:
35 Jerusalem, you prostitute, listen to me. 36 You chased after lovers, then took off your clothes and had sex. You even worshiped disgusting idols and sacrificed your own children as offerings to them. 37 So I, the Lord God, will gather every one of your lovers, those you liked and those you hated. They will stand around you, and I will rip off your clothes and let all of those lovers stare at your nakedness. 38 I will find you guilty of being an unfaithful wife and a murderer, and in my fierce anger I will sentence you to death! 39 Then I will hand you over to your lovers, who will tear down the places where you had sex. They will take your clothes and jewelry, leaving you naked and empty-handed.
40 Your lovers and an angry mob will stone you to death; they will cut your dead body into pieces 41 and burn down your houses. Other women will watch these terrible things happen to you. I promise to stop you from being a prostitute and paying your lovers for sex.
42 Only then will I calm down and stop being angry and jealous. 43 You made me furious by doing all these disgusting things and by forgetting how I took care of you when you were young. Then you made things worse by acting like a prostitute. You must be punished! I, the Lord God, have spoken.
Richard: This is the same rheama that Stacey received one week ago: https://inspiration.visionroot.org/2019/12/27/we-are-entering-the-age-when-parents-will-bless-their-children/ . Jerusalem, and thus, the chosen Jewish people, were to follow God’s laws in preparation to receive the Messiah. However, as we see in the reading from Acts above, that did not happen. In the passage above, we see that they worshiped idols. What are some examples of modern day idols; money, power, ungodly sex outside of marriage, weapons as an expression of power or means of control. God says in the passage above that He will not tolerate these things. Note that the lovers will exact a type of revenge. The very idols that were worshiped will become a curse, and all this iniquity will ultimately be exposed.
Selected Passages from the Words of Rev. Sun Myung Moon about Home Church
Today’s Word magazine, September 1981 p. 4
You may have an old idea of home church. but throw it away like winter clothing and have a bright new home church idea, knowing the relationship between yourself, God and the dispensation. (4/6/80)
Providential Aspects of Home Church
Images of home church
Home church is the altar where everything can connect. The offering you make on that altar must be done correctly. Home church is like an extract of the essence of the world. (2/26/78)
Home church is the formula by which we can find our homeland. home nation, home world and home heaven. Home church is like a diamond; the more you polish it, the brighter it gets. (9/23/78)
There are no barriers between you and the home church mission-neither racial, national, spiritual or physical. Jesus gave the key to the Kingdom of Heaven to Peter, and today I give you the key to home church, because that is the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. With one turn of that key, the door will open for the salvation of one tribe. Home church is not a dream or fantasy: this is the real blueprint of God. We have arrived at the final terminal. Home church is one small world representing all mankind and the entire earth: it is a microcosm of the whole earth. Home church is the alphabet of the Kingdom of Heaven. Love God more than anything else. God is the root, and home church is the fruit and harvest of His love. When you come to the throne of God. can you proudly say, God, I loved my tribe and the world, representing You, and now I have come back to You? You are going to the home church as one atom of love, saying to the people, Become like me. You can cause other atoms to split, and they in turn will stimulate more splitting. Our movement exists to duplicate ourselves and multiply. We will create a chain reaction of love throughout the world, and then the world will be converted by the atomic bomb of love. Home church is the battleground where you are going to explode your love. Where can you get more supplies for your atomic bomb? God is tne reservoir. All you have to do is tell God you are firing your atomic bomb, and He will supply you with more. God’s supply depot is a 24-hour operation; you can bring a request at any hour, and God will always say yes, because His supply never runs out. ( 1/7/79)
Home church is the bridge to unite the spiritual and physical worlds. ( 1/14/79).