2022-11-5 “Surely Not, Lord! We Have Never 主啊，千萬不可！我從來不… “（Acts 使徒行傳 10:9-16）
… he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’ ‘Surely not, Lord!’ Peter replied. ‘I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.’ The voice spoke to him a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
God used hunger, which Peter no doubt regarded it as a distraction to his prayer, to speak to him through a vision regarding kosher and non-kosher food together with an unexpected command to ‘get up, kill and eat’ as he fell into a trance. This obviously went against Peter’s commitment as a Jew. His response with ‘no’ to God was both absurd and yet typical of us. Compare Peter’s response to God (Surely not, Lord!) with Cornelius’ response to God (What is it, Lord?). On that day, it seemed that Cornelius was more responsive to God than Peter was. For deep emphasis, God repeated this vision three times for Peter to regard this as important, believing at this point that God spoke only about food but really getting at another point shortly afterwards.
God of Trinity, you more often speak to our inner man with your word or vision. As a vision could be ‘seen’ by the ‘mind’s eye,’ even so we could ‘hear’ your voice with the ‘mind’s ear.’ Thank you for reminding us that we often fall into the trap of thinking that we must be perfected until you can really use us. However, you love to use us simply because we are in the right direction and we are available. Help us to respond to your invitation with the only legitimate answer ‘yes.’ Amen.