The Lame man at the gate Beautiful
Acts 3:1-3 “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
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;
Who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked an alms.”
This is days after the giving of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost,….
Peter and John were going up to the temple to pray (remember the church met in the porches of the temple as well as in their houses, for prayer and preaching in the early days)
As they are about to go in, a lame man asks alms.
Now this man, though an Israelite…one under the covenant……had never entered the temple….for from the day he was born, he was lame.
So he begged from those who could.
He was just outside…always just outside….but never having gone in, to come near to God,….or worship
Acts 3:4-7 “And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
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.
And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”
This miracle is done in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth…
(Philippians 2:9-11 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”)
Then Peter took him by the right hand, and lifted him up….
….notice the confidence of Peter in the name of Jesus.
He does not wait for the man to obey….but reached down and grabbed him….lifting him.
When he is lifted—then his ankles and feet receive strength…..
…….it is when strength was required by standing, that strength was given to stand.
(How much the same way we should be:
We should lift each other up in prayer in Jesus Name.
We should lift up each other in words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation.
How many people’s “walk” would become stronger….being helped from a crippling sin, habit, or resentment….by our faith in Jesus Name, and lifting them up in our prayers.)
And then joy…..and abundant strength is given:
Acts 3:8 “And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”
This lame man,….lame from birth…..entered…for the first time into the temple to praise God.
Acts 3:11 “ 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.”
This man was so joyful….so grateful….so praiseful….
….he held Peter and John…..and would not let them go!
This was quite the sight! Joyful praise from a man, who all knew to be lame….yet he was leaping now….and walking.
Peter takes this opportunity to preach to those gathered:
First, he tells them that it was not their own power or holiness that caused this man to walk…..
Then he tells them that God…..the God of their fathers has glorified His Son Jesus….
….who they crucified….
Acts 3:14-16 “But ye denied the Holy One and the Just,….and killed the Prince of life whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
And His name, through faith in His name, hath made this man strong,….”
This miracle is done in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. This is the name of the Lord when he was here, going about Israel, preaching and doing good.
This is important…..for this is the name they knew Him by…..this is the name used when they cried for Him to be crucified….
And now in this Name,…..this miracle was performed…..proving that He is not dead…..but risen, as promised…..and that He is approved of God.
Acts 3:18-19 “But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath so fulfilled.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,…”
There is such a scene that the temple guards are called….by the Sadducees.
(The Sadducees did not believe in resurrection. They believed in being religious so God would bless them…in the now. )
They arrested Peter, John, and the lame man! (Perhaps thinking a night in “the hold” would dampen their testimony….and cool their devotion.)
Yet many which heard Peter’s message….seeing the proof of Jesus Name….believed.
The next morning, the council brought them out, before them…..
….and asked a question,…
Acts 4:7 “….By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?”
(We say that God is in control…..and look at this question! Amazing! They asked them exactly what Peter needed to show the authority and power of Jesus’ Name….now…before this council!)
Acts 4:8 “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them,….”
(Jesus said, “And when they bring you unto….magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
So Peter, given power by the Holy Ghost, spoke boldly)
“…….Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
Be it known unto you all,….that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whole ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole.
This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
What an amazing scriptural message….laying out in no uncertain terms….Jesus Christ was the Messiah…
…..they crucified Him,…even though they were given the ministry of “building” God’s nation by God’s law….
…..yet that Name is still calling all who will believe….even them….for there is no other name under heaven whereby they…..”they” could be saved.
Acts 4:13-14 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.”
(When the Holy Spirit speaks through us….there is power, and authority in the words we speak.
He brings back scripture to mind, and can plant that seed in those that hear.)
Because the council could not say anything against the miracle….the man standing right there….
…..they threatened Peter and John…..and commanded them not to speak in Jesus name anymore.
But Peter and John are fixed in their determination to serve the Lord….
Acts 4:19-20 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
….and they speak to the conscience of the council right then, if they will hear it—it is right to serve God more than man.
“God is doing this, listen carefully….for we will not stop speaking about what we have seen….though you threaten us…
…we will speak about….
….Jesus crucified…..and raised up….speaking to us, before He went back up to heaven….and the giving of the Holy Spirit…”
The council threatens them again….but lets them go.
And they (I believe all three, including the lame man) immediately go to the gathered church….where they told of all that had happened:
This is a warning of maybe future persecution….and the means of going through it….by the direction and power of the Holy Spirit.
And it showed the love the church had for each other….for they “lifted up their voice with one accord,…” (Acts 4:24)
Their prayer was praise: “…Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth…”
And their prayer was claiming the prophesy of the rulers of the earth standing up against Jesus Christ (Psalm 2 which includes in the last days of the Tribulation Period)…and that it was and will be…..all according to God’s plan.
“And now, Lord,….”
Acts 4:29-30 “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word,
And stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of Thy holy child Jesus.”
Boldness is what they wanted….(not necessarily protection from their enemies….but boldness to honor Jesus. What love!)…
….and God’s healing….for the nation of Israel, if according to His Will….and to the individual, in salvation…
…and that in Jesus’ Name….signs and wonders would be done….to magnify His name.
Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together ; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness.”
The place was shaken….a sign of His Might for them:
Haggai 2:6-7 “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.”
God had “shaken” the earth at the coming of Christ….everything changed….for God’s people, Israel, were given the opportunity to receive their King….
….and now again, at the giving of the Holy Spirit, and the power manifested through Christ’s Name….
…..He is going to shake things up….for all the earth…
….for all people can receive His kingdom within in them….”in earth” (Matthew 6:10)….by faith in Christ Jesus.
And He will shake it again,….at the second coming of Christ to the earth to establish His Kingdom….on earth.
The lame man, is lame no more….and more, has faith Jesus…..and is filled with the Spirit with the rest of the church gathered.
He is healed….spiritually and physically…..and praising God…..
….and led into a life of power and prayer.