I’m so glad you decided to join us for another day of reading through the book of Acts! Our third day involves the third chapter where we’ll hear more about the miraculous and wonderful “acts” of the original New Testament church.
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The Lame Man Has an Encounter
(Vs. 1) Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
The ninth hour was three o’clock in the afternoon. Since the Jews prayed three times each day, as was customary, it was natural for them to pray at nine in the morning, at noon, and finally, at three p.m.
(Vs. 2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple.
This man hadn’t had an accident. He was born lame, and had never even KNOWN the joy of walking or living any kind of normal life. The Bible here says “they” laid him at the temple gate daily. We’re not sure who “they” are, but likely they are those who gained some benefit from his daily begging.
Peter & John Answer the Call
(Vs. 3) Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
(Vs. 4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
(Vs. 5) And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
(Vs. 6) Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
(Vs. 7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Since being filled with the Holy Ghost, Peter had become a bold witness for Jesus. That carries on here as he fastens his eyes on this lame man. Instead of giving him money, he gives him “what he has.”
“What he has” as we readily know, is the Holy Ghost. The indwelling of the very Spirit of God enables us to be a warehouse, not a storehouse, so that the attributes of God can function through us as we readily make ourselves available.
You’ll note, they didn’t get down and pray and beg God to heal this man. They didn’t cast demons of sickness out of him. No, they simply did what Jesus had done: they touched him and declared him whole and healed!
The Aftermath of a Healing
(Vs. 8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
(Vs. 9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
(Vs. 10) And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
Can you imagine having never walked in your life? Seeing everyone else doing it, and knowing that you should have been able to, it must have been a sad existence. He probably never expected to be able to walk.
So when these two men came by and offered him something he’d never received before, he went with it! And when the power of God hit him and drove out all manner of sickness and lameness, OF COURSE he leaped up, running, praising God, and probably shouting to the top of his lungs!
The People Wonder…
(Vs. 11) And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.
While Jesus walked among the people, miracles were common. For that scope of time, Jesus healed, delivered, and freed many people of various situations.
However, once he had died, it seems like those in Jerusalem forgot that this kind of miraculous healing was even possible. Those who hadn’t been in the Upper Room the day the Holy Ghost was poured out most likely weren’t privy to what was available. More than that, they might even have forgotten how they had treated Jesus while He was with them.
But Peter hadn’t intended to let them forget.
Peter’s Response to the People
(Vs. 12) And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
(Vs. 13) The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
(Vs. 14) But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
(Vs. 15) And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
(Vs. 16) And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
(Vs. 17) And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
(Vs. 18) But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
The goings-on of the recent past was all recapped here by Peter, who reminded them that they had all been a part of the crucifixion of Jesus. Even though they were likely ignorant to the details, as those over them probably were also he said, it was prophesied and therefore had to happen.
That’s exactly how he had to “preach” before going on and telling them how they could be excused for their part in the heinous crimes against God…
(Vs. 19) Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
(Vs. 20) And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
(Vs. 21) Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Peter knows that the first message preached, for the good of all, is “REPENT.’ This is the only thing that can preceded the blotting out of sin from God’s presence. He even says the prophets have spoken of this day since the world began.
A Brief History
(Vs. 22) For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
(Vs. 23) And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
That prophet was Jesus. And surely, it’s just as true today that anyone who will not hear him will be destroyed from among the people. How can we neglect so great a salvation? He came so that we could hear all that pertains to our salvation. That is what we press forward to.
(Vs. 24) Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
(Vs. 25) Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
(Vs. 26) Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Our sin-debt has been paid, hallelujah!
The good news is, Jesus is the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever. What He gave then, He still gives today!
Won’t you accept it?
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Ever in His Service,