Peter Heals the Lame Man
Verse 1 – Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
Peter and John continued to participate in Jewish rituals and worship. It was customary for Jews to pray three times a day, morning, noon, and evening. Only now, the Gentiles were included.
Verse 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 from those who entered the temple;
Verse 3 – who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.
Verse 4 – And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.”
Verse 5 – So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
Verse 6 – Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
By the authority of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter told the man to rise and walk. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “There will be an act of obedience on our part before we see a miracle.” He had to put out the effort when Peter told him to rise up and walk. Rather than a temporary fix, which the man was use to getting with money, the man was given a permanent remedy for his physical and spiritual problems.
I wonder if this man was ever placed inside the temple when he was out front begging. I’ve seen over and over, a person standing outside, by the road, begging when church lets out because he knows the cars will be stopped in traffic right where he stands. But he never comes inside the church doors to receive what he really needs.
Verse 7 – And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Why do we see so few miracles like this taking place today? It takes boldness, courage, and above all faith and trust, in the power of Jesus, to tell someone that is lame to rise up and walk. When we, as Christians, are obedient to the commands of God, He is responsible for the results. The question is, “Do you believe God wants you healed?” You have to believe in order to receive!
Verse 8 – So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them – walking, leaping, and praising God.
This man knew who healed him and he wasn’t shy about showing his gratitude to God. How do you thank God when He has done something out of the ordinary for you? God’s a good God and is worthy to be praised.
Verse 9 – And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
Verse 10 – Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
We shouldn’t ever let the excitement of what God does for us wear off. What He does for others, He will do for you.
Verse 11 – Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed.
Verse 12 – So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
Verse 13 – “The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
Verse 14 – “But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
Verse 15 – “and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witness.
Peter took this one miracle and used it as a great opportunity to preach. Some of these Jews that were there took part in what Peter was saying . There were religious leaders there that thought after the death of Jesus, things would be the same with them in charge. But Peter blows their mind when he tells them he is a witness to Jesus’ resurrection and God’s triumph power over death.
Verse 16 – “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Peter told them who gave him the authority and power to heal this man. Peter also emphasized what God could do through him. It is Christ who does the work, not us.
Verse 17 – “Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
Verse 18 – “But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
Verse 19 – “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
Verse 20 – “and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
Verse 21 – “whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
Many people want the benefits of being identified with Christ, but never truly repent. When we repent, God promises not only to wipe out our sins, but to bring a spiritual refreshing.
As Hosea said, “Let us acknowledge the LORD, let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
Verse 22 – “For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
Verse 23 – ‘And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed form among the people:
In Deuteronomy 18:15, 18, 19, Moses spoke of Jesus, The Prophet. Peter plainly tells the people that whoever does not obey Jesus words that were spoken by Him, will be destroyed.
Verse 24 – “Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days.
All the prophets after Samuel told of the days of the Messiah. Of His obedience, suffering, death, resurrection, ascension, the pouring down of His Spirit, times of refreshing, the Gospel dispensation, the conversion of the Jews, the calling of the Gentiles, and the gathering in all the elect of God.
Verse 25 – “You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant of God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Verse 26 – “To you first, God, having raised up His servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”
God promised Abraham that He would bless the world through Abraham’s descendants, the Jewish nation (Genesis 12:3). God intended the Jewish nation to teach all other nations to love God. When Jesus came, died, and rose again, He opened the door for all people to receive His grace of forgiveness, or reject it.