God communicates to Peter in a dream this white sheet that comes down from heaven and has all kinds of animals. Then He tells Peter to go, kill, eat. Peter is ruled by the law that says he is not eat anything called impure. So Peter is confused by this dream, this vision, this Word from God. But he is wise enough to know that it means something.
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“The voice spoke to him a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean’.” – Acts 10:15
While Peter is still thinking about what this all means, there is a knock at the door with some servants of Cornelius the Roman centurion asking for Peter. Then the Spirit speaks to Peter and tells Peter to go greet them and to go with them. He meets them and proceeds to learn that God sent an angel to Cornelius and instructed him to go find Peter. Peter doesn’t know exactly what is going on but he knows the Lord is at work, so he invites them to eat. On the surface this is a bit confusing to Peter because at the time it was against the law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile, which Cornelius was. But he followed the Spirit and the next day starts out on their journey back to Cornelius’s place.
Peter arrives and Cornelius tells him about his meeting with an angel. Peter also learns that Cornelius and family was “devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” (Acts 10:2) So Peter has a revelation. His vision and word from God finally made sense. He connects God’s vision, the Spirit calling, and his and Cornelius vision together. He has a divine and supernatural revelation. Peter figures out that this law where the Jews are not to associate with the Gentiles does not make any sense because God has made them clean too. Peter shares this supernatural revelation that God does not show favoritism and accepts from every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right (Acts 10:35). In this one event, God expands Peter’s vision, and God’s ministry to include the Gentiles, and all of God’s people. And when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, Peter baptizes them. (Acts 10:47,48)
How is God speaking to us? Is his vision for us larger than we are currently seeing? Is God looking to expand our vision, our blessings, and our calling? Let us seek the Father first and foremost in all that we do. And let us be obedient to God, even when it might not seem to make sense. God can and will reveal to us when we seek him with all our heart. We might get visions or dreams, or new desires on our hearts. Pay attention. God still speaks to us. God might be speaking to you right now. Can we hear His voice? Will we listen and be obedient to His Will even if on the surface it does not make sense? Let us pray that we can, and will.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing Word. We cherish supernatural revelation that only comes through You. Let this word seep deep into our hearts and minds, and let your joy and Spirit fill us today. Help us to hear your voice Lord, and to be obedient in what you are telling us to do. Fill us with supernatural revelation. Do a good work in us, for the glory of Your Holy Name, in Jesus mighty name, Amen.
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