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Old 06-12-2002, 11:42 PM
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Peter's Vision

Before we get into Peter's vision, I would like to examine his level of faith and understanding. Was he weak in the faith?
Matthew 16 KJV
[15] He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? [16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Chr-st, the Son of the living G-d. [17] And J-sus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. [18] And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Peter was no slouch when it came to faith. Further, Peter's vision was not the first time that he had been taught spiritual lessons using the principles of the food laws. Yashua had discussed the food laws long before.
Mark 7 KJV
[14] And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: [15] There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. [16] If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
And, just what did many of those who heard Yashua's statement think that He said? It's okay to eat pig. Some "Chr-stians" use this scripture to argue this case today. The Jews that were there walked away with the same impression:
Matthew 15 KJV
[10] And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: [11] Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. [12] Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?
The Jews were offended because they thought that Yashua was slamming the food laws. Remember what Yashua said about those who broke the least of Yahweh's commandments and taught others to break them--He would not have broken the law or taught others to do so; that would make Him a sinner.

Please take a very close look at verse 15:
Matthew 15:15 KJV
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.
What is a parable? If the listener simply takes the words at face value, they walk away with the wrong message. That's what many have done with these scriptures: they've not looked closely enough at what Yashua was really saying and have come to believe the wrong message (seeing, they do not see).
Matthew 13 KJV
[10] And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? [11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [12] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. [13] Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Peter was there when Yashua told the masses that nothing one eats can defile. Peter was there when the masses (and the Jews) erroneously understood Yashua's statement to mean that He was minimizing the food laws. BUT, Peter asked Him to explain what the parable really meant.
Matthew 15 KJV
[16] And J-sus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? [17] Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? [18] But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. [19] For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: [20] These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
First of all, the issue raised by the Jews was why the disciples did not follow tradition and wash their hands before they ate. You see, they insisted upon one washing their hands because, who knows, there might be something unclean on your hands that will defile you and make Yahweh reject you. Yashua said that, fundamentally, it is not the unclean food that defiles a person. I can't sneak a piece of pork into your lunch, trick you into eating it and, by doing so, get you on Yahweh's "black list." Yashua explained that (deliberate) sin is what gets one on Yahweh's "black list."

Peter heard the message. The Catholics teach that Peter heard so well that he was dubbed the first pope; that would indicate that they consider Peter pretty learned in the ways of Yashua. Yet, as we shall see, Peter did not leave this lesson with the impression that he could now eat unclean food. Contrarily, he never ate anything common or unclean.

One last note:
Unclean Food = the food forbidden to be eaten, according to Leviticus 11.

Common Food = clean food that has been tainted by being prepared with unclean food. For example, beans are clean food and fit for consumption; however, the beans in "pork & beans" are considered common and no longer edible.
More to follow . . .
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