Peter’s vision involved animals that were considered to be unclean to the Jews. In his vision, he heard a voice telling him to kill and eat the animals to which he responded, “Surely not, Lord!” Peter had obeyed Jewish laws regarding food all his life and was not about to change that now. But the voice responded to him, telling him not to call anything impure that God had made clean. For emphasis, the same thing happened three times.
Peter’s vision was about much more than animals. It was about people.
God intended for the good news about Jesus and the sacrifice He made to be available to all people, not just the Jews. As a leader in the early church, it was important for Peter to understand that and to act accordingly. God used miraculous means to convey His purpose in bringing all people to Himself.
God’s purposes haven’t changed all these years later. He is still about drawing all people into a relationship with Him. All people. No matter how far from Him they may be. His plan also still includes His people, His followers, reaching out to those who are not yet part of the family. We are His Plan A and there is no Plan B.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach