What’s on the menu today? Fried tarantula? Bat soup? An iceberg wedge with bacon?

The Almighty told us what is to be received with thankfulness – what is food (oklah) – and what is not.

Pigs, cats, shrimp, and rats are not food. (See Leviticus 11.)

But in Acts chapter 10, Peter had a vision:

“He became very hungry and would have eaten, but while they were preparing the meal, he received an open vision. He saw heaven opened and something like a great sheet gathered at the four corners descended to the earth. In the sheet were all kinds of rodents and carnivorous animals and crawling insects and carrion eaters and birds of prey. He heard a voice say to him, ‘Rise, Kefa. Kill and eat!’ But Kefa refused, ‘Not so, Adonai, for I have never eaten anything that is defiled or unclean.’ Then the voice spoke to him again the second time, ‘What YHVH has cleansed, do not call defiled.’ This was done three times, and the sheet returned again into heaven”
~ Acts 10:10-16 CKJV

So what did Peter (Kefa) do in response to this vision? Did he find the fattest cat he could, kill it, skin it, broil it, and dine happily? No!

In verse 17 it tells us that he pondered the meaning of this vision.

The interpretation was not immediately obvious because Peter knew that on its face, it was not in line with Torah.

This is many years since Yeshua was with him, but he still had never eaten anything unclean because it still was, and would forever be, an instruction from Torah.

Thankfully, if we keep reading, we find that the Holy Spirit clearly interprets this vision for Peter.

“The Spirit said to him, ‘Behold, three men are looking for you. Arise and go down. Go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them’” (Acts 10:19).

So Peter followed these directions and was led to the house of Cornelius.

Verse 28 says, “Kefa (Peter) said to them, ‘You know that it is unlawful for a Yehudi to keep company with or visit someone of another nation, but YHVH has shown me that I should not call any man defiled or unclean.’”

Peter was given this vision three times so that he would accept these three men, and by doing so, he was able to witness to them of the Messiah. The vision had nothing to do with eating, and Peter knew it.

Some Bibles have a parenthetical statement about all animals now being considered “clean” for human consumption. The parenthesis tells us that this was added; it was not originally in the text.

We must remember that interpretation of dreams and visions is for the Spirit, not us with our Western sensibilities.

The Spirit clearly interpreted this one; let’s be sure we listen.

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