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It was three o’clock in the afternoon and a prayer meeting was held at the temple. Peter and John were going into the Temple to observe it (v. 1). A new faith had come to them, but they did not use that as an excuse for a license which broke all law. They were aware that the new faith and the old discipline could walk hand in hand. Peter and John were opposites in their temperament; however, they enjoyed fellowship because of their love for one another.
While on their way to the prayer meeting, they met a man that had been lame from birth, who was begging for something from them (v. 2). In the East it was the custom for beggars to sit at the entrance to a temple or a shrine. Perhaps Peter showed him his empty pockets, for he said to him, “Silver and Gold have I none.” Peter may have been poor; however, he was rich toward God, for he went on to say, “but such as I have give I thee; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk (vv. 3-7).” When we are in need we need to ask God for what we need, but we should not be surprised when He gives us what we really need.
He wasn’t healed gradually, but instantaneously he was leaping and walking and praising God. Notice he was not praising Peter for the miracle, but God was praised (v. 8). The world about him was astonished at what had happened to the lame man (vv. 9-10). He no longer was at his fixed place at the gate Beautiful, but now went into the temple and all the people saw him walking and praising God.
Today we have seen there is power in the name of Jesus. After the lame man was healed notice in Acts 3:8 what filled his heart. He trusted in the name of Jesus and his heart was filled with praise. I must not forget to thank people who help me, but most of all remember to praise God for His care and protection.
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us." And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!" And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
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Acts 1:1-5Waiting for the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:6-11Commissioned to Witness Everywhere
Acts 1:12-14Unity In Prayer Among the Brethren
Acts 1:15-26Peter Leads The Prayer Meeting
Acts 2:1-13A Special Sign for the Early Church
Acts 2:14-21Peter Preaches On Prophecy
Acts 2:22-28Peter Proclaims Jesus’ Resurrection Power
Acts 2:29-36Four proofs of the Resurrection and Ascension
Acts 2:37-47Characteristics of the early Church
Acts 3:1-10A lame man healed
Acts 3:11-16Supernatural healing of the crippled man
Acts 3:17-26Peter’s Message of Repentance
Acts 4:1-12Early Church Persecuted for their Faith
Acts 4:13-22Boldness Brings Results
Acts 4:23-31Prayer Produces Unity
Acts 4:32-37Sharing Shows Brotherly-Love
Acts 5:1-11Ananias & Sapphira Hide the Truth & Suffer Consequences
Acts 5:12-16Effective Church Ministry
Acts 5:17-32Obedience to God and Man
Acts 5:33-42Gamaliel Convinces the Council – No Persecution
Acts 6:1-7Deacons Chosen To Serve
Acts 6:8-15Stephen Summoned before Synagogue Leaders