October 1

by Pat Norman
I don’t know about you, but I have never had an angel of God appear in a vision and tell me to send for somebody…anybody. And Peter’s noontime vision of “something like a large sheet let down from heaven with all of God’s animals, reptiles, birds on it” sounds like a giant movie projection screen from heaven. So, I’m thinking these spiritual visions were coming attractions of what God wanted Cornelius, a Roman centurion who was a God-fearing man, and the apostle
Peter to perceive in the natural. Cornelius needed to meet Peter, hear his witness and teachings about Jesus Christ and become one of the first Gentiles to be a baptized Christian.
Peter did not know what to make of the voice telling him to “kill and eat” anything on the sheet, which was against Jewish law. But he came to realize that what he heard three times, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean” 10:15, also applied to men. “God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” 10:28.  Peter needed to change his perspective about Jewish law regarding food and relationships with Gentiles.
Both men heard and obeyed God through visions which brought all who were with them together because of their faith. I may never have a spectacular vision, but I pray I will not miss hearing even a whisper of God’s voice.

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