Peter’s Vision – Acts 10

Have you ever wondered why in Peter’s vision in Acts 10 the vision include beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air?

The meaning of the vision has long been debated and it is clear that verse 28 shows what Peter thought the vision meant – but G-d hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Nonetheless, many people argue that this is all about food. If v28 was not enough to persuade you otherwise, if chapter 11 is not enough to persuade you otherwise, then this might. The nations of world…the gentiles were called the beast of the fields or similar titles many times in the Tanakh.

And the Lord thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee. Deut. 7:22

Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour. Jeremiah 12:9

And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. Jeremiah 27:6

And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. Ezekiel 34:5

And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. Daniel 7:3

And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them. Hosea 2:12

At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. Job 5:22-23

All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. Isaiah 56:9

Peter was shown the beasts of the fields, b/c the Tanakh uses them to symbolize the nations. G-d had dispersed the Northern kingdom b/c they wanted to be like the nations and seek other gods. They were given over to their enemies who were call the beasts of the field. The nations were to devour Israel. Basically, the nations were to envelope them and they were no longer to be different…they were going to be assimilated.

So what did Peter’s vision instruct him to do…devour and eat. Assimilate the nations into Israel. Be the light that Yeshua was and is. Be the light that G-d always wanted you to be to draw in the nations.

If you still think Peter’s vision is about food and the vision was saying G-d’s people can eat whatever we want how can you come to this conclusion?

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!