And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”
A Gentile commander, named Cornelius, is told to invite Peter to his home.
It is not lawful for a Jew to go to the home of a Gentile, so God gives an object lesson to Peter.
He sees all kinds of animals not lawful for a Jew to eat. He is told to rise, kill, and eat.
He refuses three times and three times is told not to call God’s cleansing as common.
This along with lodging with Simon the tanner prepares Peter for a major breakthrough in evangelism.
Up until this time, Christianity is a Jewish faith. Yeshua is a Jewish Messiah.
But salvation is about to be offered to the Gentiles.
Again, it is a lesson for us today that Yeshua came, not just for His own people, but for all people.
“Peter, rise, kill, and eat” is not about food, it’s about the Gospel message for all.
If God wants to include everyone into the plan of salvation, then who are we to judge or ignore someone needing salvation?