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What is the significance of Peter's vision of the unclean animals?


Acts 10:9 - 33

NKJV - 9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance

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20150103 142419 Rhonda Bagley

Let me give you an answer based on what I have learned regarding this scripture.
Peter is a Jew. Jews were commanded not to eat animals that were considered unclean. You can research that if you desire to know more about which are unclean. 

The vision Peter was seeing was God's way of showing Peter that God wanted to include in His salvation a people who were not of the Jewish heritage. God wanted Peter to look beyond the rules and laws and see that if God calls something holy, then it is holy. 

The Jews, at this time in history, were considered God's chosen people. 
When Jesus died on the cross He made a way for ALL people to be saved. This vision was God's way of showing Peter that the Gentiles (non-Jews) are also included into the kingdom of God via the work of Jesus on the Cross. 

Note the verse: "What God has made clean, do not call common." God is telling Peter to accept all people regardless of their nationality.

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