PSALM 117:1 Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
117:2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!
Peter being a Hebrew, believed as most did in his day, that the Hebrews had a uniquely special place in God’s eye, and this was denied to the Gentiles.
When Jesus encountered the Pharisees, who had rebuked His Disciples, Jesus told them in no uncertain terms…Mark 7:8 “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men-the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”
7:9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
Jesus then goes on to tell them 7:13 “making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” 7:14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand:
7:15 “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.
7:16 “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Now even His own Disciples were confused by what He had said to the Pharisees, and the Parable which he had told them; so He explained to them 7:17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.
7:18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him,
7:19 “because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”
In this explanation to His Disciple, Jesus has told them that ALL FOODS ARE CLEAN; and in one sentence ANNULED the Levitical Law…and in annulling this law proclaimed that there are no differences between Jew and Gentile.
Peter had to be given a vision by God on his rooftop in Joppa to make him realize this fact Acts 10:10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance
10:11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.
10:12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.
10:13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
10:14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
10:15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”
The story continues with Peter being prompted by The Holy Spirit and summoned by an angel to go to the Gentile Cornelius’s house; and after ministering to Cornelius, Peter’s eyes are opened Acts10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.
10:35 “But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
In a nutshell Peter is saying ‘ALL FOODS ARE ‘KOSHER’, AND ALL MEN ARE EQUAL’
If the Holy Scriptures are so abundantly clear on this teaching, that God shows no partiality or special favors to any race, why do the vast majority of Professing Christians still believe that the Jews are His chosen people; and that He still has a special agenda for them? That they should be revered and honored by Christians? …Can we not see that we are going against God?… Is it not time that we take God’s word, and not man’s word?
Jesus did not simply ask us… He orders us! …MT 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…