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.
Comment: He’d done it before – lain at the temple gate asking for monetary help. Peter and John, standing tall and looking like honest and good men seemed possible givers, so he asked them. But he received a great shock. Peter claimed to be poor but offered the paralytic health in the Name of Jesus. Taking him by the hand Peter helped the struggling guy to his feet. In fact it says he leapt up and went on with them into the temple, no doubt to pray. Can you believe it? Well the guy most certainly did, as did the masses who had seen him laying there, begging for years! And we shall see in a few days that Jesus’ enemies also saw it and believed their eyes. Most people believed and entered the joyful celebrations. How would the ‘enemies’ react?
Prayer: Some of the Bible stories are amazing and almost unbelievable. Please help me to believe that Your Word is Truth, Lord.