May 21, 2024

Acts 10:9-16 (HCSB)
Peter’s Vision

9 The next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the housetop about noon. 10 Then he became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing something, he went into a visionary state. 11 He saw heaven opened and an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners to the earth. 12 In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky. 13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat!” 14 “No, Lord!” Peter said. “For I have never eaten anything common and ritually unclean!” 15 Again, a second time, a voice said to him, “What God has made clean, you must not call common.” 16 This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into heaven.

Mark Jenkins
In these verses, we see Peter praying around noon (heat of the day) on a roof. He became hungry and the Lord placed him into a trance and he saw a vision of four-footed animals, reptiles, and birds. Peter received a command to “Get up, Peter; kill and eat”. We see Peter, who has followed Jewish customs and rituals, say no to this command. God repeated and gave further commands regarding the animals, reptiles and birds. God was preparing Peter for further service. But along with yesterday’s comments, what would we do? Would we, like Peter, say “no”? Again, this command seems “easy” in the grand scheme, but in reality it was a drastic change in the ways Peter was accustomed. Understanding the time and customs for the Jewish people, this was a major change. Are we ready for God to change our lives? Pray that He will prepare us, so that we will indeed say YES when He calls upon us to do something.

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