This week our Sunday reading talks about Visions, especially the vision that Peter experienced.
Acts 10: 11-13…He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” An amazing picture to imagine! Peter however, a devout Jew was most troubled with this vision, troubled enough in fact to ‘answer back’…imagine doing that to God?
Verse 14…”No Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” God persisted and repeated the vision 3 times, this tells me that vision was super important…if God says something once it’s important, but 3 times?
God speaks to us in many ways, Visions and dreams is and was a popular way. God used visions to many Old testament prophets: Isaiah, Obadiah, Daniel, Habakkuk, Hosea etc. to introduce prophecy and life direction.
Visions were prominent in Acts and this vision had a greater message, far more than just a list of animals that you can now eat! Peter discovers the answer after being invited to the house of Cornelius (who also had a vision… to fetch Peter to a seaside town down the coast).
The Acts of the Apostles is such a blessing for us to read, learning about how the early followers of Jesus went about spreading the Good News about the Messiah Jesus Christ.