“On Location with Luke”-29

Highlights in Acts-Chapter 10

In response to the angel's instructions, Cornelius called for "….two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; and when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa." (From Verses 7-8). The next day, as they came close to the city, Peter went to the housetop to pray. He was very hungry and from Luke's account, we surmise that Peter was ready to get something to eat. Before he could do anything, he fell into a trance and saw a vision of heaven opened. This vision was a unique vessel descending to the earth (like a great sheet knit at the four corners). This "sheet" was loaded with all kinds of "unclean" beasts (including wild beasts), fowls, and creeping things. Peter heard a voice saying,".…Rise, Peter; kill, and eat." (From Verse 13). Peter said something that was contradictory. He first said, "Not so…." Then, he added: "Lord…." (From Verse 14). If He is Lord, we don't say "no" to Him. If we say "no" then He is not being submitted to as Lord! Peter's objection was that he had never eaten anything common or unclean. This earned Peter a stern rebuke: "….the voice spake unto him again the second time, 'What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common'." (From Verse 15). Keep in mind that this is not a reason for us to eat any kind of unclean creature. God was using unclean creatures to make a point to Peter about people. This vision was shown three times. This suggests (three is the number of the Godhead) that God was impressing this upon Peter to prepare him for what follows next. While Peter is trying to figure out what the vision means, visitors arrive. What happens next is for tomorrow's article. Selah! When God reveals Truth from His Word, the correct response is to obey!    Ron

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