God does know if it is right for us to eat meat or not. To be a vegetarian or to continue eating cows, chickens, fish, and more. Now, for you to understand God’s stance on this viewpoint, you must hear what He said from His own mouth. It can’t be any more clear as to what Peter saw in a vision in Acts, chapter 10, which reads, “on the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.” (Acts 10:9-16) Wow! What an amazing vision. Now, for us to get down to the bottom of what God said, I will get into this in detail next while reading Acts, chapter 10 with you all.
We know for certain that Peter was against eating different types of animals because of the law of Moses. However, Jesus is the fulfillment of that law, so things have since changed since Jesus was raised up on the cross and died for our sins. Because Jesus is the Messiah and Savior of the world, we are no longer tied down to all the extra Mosaic laws, as the people were before. Circumcision was another thing that was no longer required since it was fulfilled in the law also. Now, as for meat, God is telling Peter that all these types pf animals who he once would have never eaten are now clean in His sight. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with hunting them and eating them. Notice, God did not say to kill for sport, but to kill to eat. This is very important, for killing animals for sport was never spoken for in the Bible. So what do we learn from this vision that Peter had? That the different animals that God showed Peter on earth are here for us to not only be around and have on a farm and such, but are good for us to eat also. Now to make my point clear, speaking of the prodigal son, Jesus said that when he returned, they were to “bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry.” (Luke 15:23) So yes, there is nothing wrong with eating meat and enjoying it. Is there anything wrong with being a vegetarian? No. But to force that lifestyle upon others, that is where it is wrong and goes against God’s will.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will all learn from You, our King. So often do we get our information on what we should eat and do in this life from other people. We let them lead us, instead of allowing You to be our guide. I am not saying that free agency was not given for a reason, but I would rather follow You, God, than to be led astray by a person who is not in line with Your perfect will. Now, when it comes to being a vegetarian, if people want to do this, who am I to judge. I just pray that they do not tell others it is Your will. This surely goes against what You have already said all throughout the New Testament. That what You have cleansed, concerning meat, to not call unclean. And even when the prodigal son returned did the Father they killed the fatted calf and a feast was made. This cannot be more evident that there is nothing wrong with eating meat. Sure, eating too much of it is where problems can arise like high blood pressure and heart attacks. So, Lord, I pray that You will continue to lead me by the hand. Help me to eat the right amounts of food, that I might also keep the weight off. Truly, You desire to keep us well and healthy, but our appetite gets in the way too often than not. So I pray that You will give us a will to escape the temptations to eat more than we should. And to be slow to push any family tradition or belief system upon others, when the Bible says differently. As Christians, we are to lead people to follow what You have said and not our ideas. And I pray that we always remember this. I love You, Jesus. I give You praise and honor, this day and forever. Amen.