Acts 10:9–23 (ESV)
The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. 10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heavens
opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter
said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” 15 And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and the thing was taken
up at once to heaven.
17 Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon’s house,
stood at the gate 18 and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there. 19 And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. 20 Rise and go down and accompany them without
hesitation, for I have sent them.” 21 And Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for. What is the reason for your coming?” 22 And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is
well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.” 23 So he invited them in to be his guests.
The next day
he rose and went away with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.
Peter has a strange vision that he doesn’t understand and meanwhile, the men sent by Cornelius are on their way.
God speaks to him telling him to Kill and eat. Let’s talk about this vision. The problem is that the animals are not “clean”. There are a lot of rules which dictate what is clean. Such as meat could only come from
animals that had a split hoof and chewed it’s cud. Bye, bye bacon and pork. Hello lamb and cow. Fish could be eaten only if they had scales and fins. For more detail and a bigger listing, see Lev. 11:3-23. In this vision,
Peter see animals that are unclean, yet the Lord is telling him to kill and eat. Peter has strictly adhered to the Jewish dietary rules and would never eat unclean animals. This vision is repeated three times to make a point, like when Jesus asked
Peter if he loved him. Peter could not interpret the vision on his own, he was “perplexed.” About this time, Cornelius’s men come by and take him back. Mafia?? No, the Holy Spirit tells him to go. The interpretation
I pray: O Lord, help me to follow your ways and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Help me to not be resistant to your guiding hand and help me to allow you to mold me according to
your will. Amen.