ASV | Acts 11:6 - 11:10
6upon which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw the fourfooted beasts of the earth and wild beasts and creeping things and birds of the heaven.
7And I heard also a voice saying unto me, Rise, Peter; kill and eat.
8But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth.
9But a voice answered the second time out of heaven, What God hath cleansed, make not thou common.
10And this was done thrice: and all were drawn up again into heaven.
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Insight by K
Peter, who walks with Christ and calls Him Lord, responded to a command from the Father, with a "Not so, Lord". He refused God's direct command three times. Peter was still holding on to Jewish law, which was keeping him from fully obeying God's command. Even today, we use the law to avoid those people we view as "common". Even though scripture teaches us that love is the first commandment in Matthew 22:38, we still look down on those not like us. All people are to be treated with the love of Jesus Christ. "All people", meaning clean, unclean, lepers, liars, brothers and sisters in Christ, and anyone else I've not mentioned. We need to get passed what we see with our eyes, and get to the heart. The love of Christ has the power to penetrate and soften the hardest stoney heart. It changes people. Our harsh, demeaning, judgemental, words only beat people down and put them on a search for the love they should have experienced in their encounter with you.