(KJV.) ACTS 10:13-16
(13) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
(14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.
(15) And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
(16) This was done thrice and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
PRAY AND GIVE ALMS
Brethren, our Father is not a respecter of people: he created man to worship, reverence, and obey his statutes, delight themselves in his providence, live peaceably with one another; all things of creation are in his presence, it does not matter to him, where souls reside on earth, their nationalities, genders, and skin colors, a soul who acknowledges him alone as their Almighty Father, reverence him, walk in his righteousness, that soul is accepted by him regardless of their ethnicity or diversity backgrounds: therefore, when people, resent, despise, hate one another, because of adverse indifferences; let us be careful not to sin against our maker; for he looks upon the hearts of men; he saved the household of a prostitute called Rahab, because of her one act of kindness towards his chosen people. cf. Joshua 2: if Jesus Christ says come unto me, all ye that labor, are heavy laden, it includes everyone regardless of who they are on this earth; let us not judge anyone for who they are, or what their behaviors are, if we observe people with abnormal behaviors, walking in darkness, they need prayers to come into the light; therefore, let us pray for them to discern the rightful ways of doings things, if we have to voice our concerns, let us do so with wisdom and respect for one another, but leave all judgements to Jesus Christ; for judgment day, that great and terrible day; on that day, there shall be wailings and gnashing of teeth, for all those who walked in ungodliness, refused to repent, accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
In reference to the above text, Simon Peter had a vision, before he had the vision, he had prayed, and was very hungry, wanted to eat, but the food was not yet ready; he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a vessel descended unto him, in a form of great sheet knit at the four corners, let down to earth: on the sheet were all types of fourfooted beasts of the earth; however, in the laws of Moses, not every beast is a clean beast for human consumption, cf. Lev. 20:25; therefore, Peter resisted what he saw, but, heard a voice commanded him to arise, kill, and eat: he answered, "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean." but, the voice spoke to him again the second time; What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common: this was done the third time, and the vessel was received up into heaven: when Peter woke up from the vision, while he pondered on the meaning of it; he received visitors, from a certain centurion in Caesarea called Cornelius, seeking him, the Spirit said to him, in other words, "There are three men at the gate seeking you, arise and go with them, do not worry, I have sent them to you: then Peter rose up and went with them: ... in a nutshell, the vision Peter saw, regarding the unclean beasts, was not really about food, but about people from all walks of life; for when he got there, he found many that were come together; and said to unto them, "Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?"; now Cornelius narrated his story, of how an angel appeared unto him in his house in bright clothing, said unto him that his prayers have been heard and alms are in remembrance in the sight of our Father; you see! this is the point, our reverence to our Father, and goodwill towards others are not fruitless efforts, but are counted worthy in his eyes; therefore, let us pray to our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, give alms, do goodwill to the poor and needy: Peter preached the gospel to them, the Holy Ghost fell on them, they spoke in tongues, baptized, and receive salvation; therefore, as believers, let us not reject people from different ethnicities, but receive them into our midst, for the Holy Spirit to touch and transform their lives from who they are, into what they ought to be, use them for his glory forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth delifeth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.