Yesterday we read a sample of the biblical purity law. That's to give us a sense for some of the divisions that kept Jews and gentiles separate in the first century. It's important to appreciate what a divide there was because we are starting the story of how the gospel came to gentiles for the first time. This is a favorite passage of mine. Notice that while Cornelius is a gentile, he worships the God of Israel. There seems to have been a significant number of gentiles who were attracted to Israel's faith; this group was important in the spread of the gospel.