Summary of Acts 3:1-10:
Peter and John were heading to the temple to pray when they ran into a crippled beggar. He asked them for money and Peter exclaimed, “Look at us!” The beggar did and Peter said he would give the man what he had and told him to walk in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He pulled him to his feet and the beggar began to jump around and praise God. The people who saw the beggar were filled with awe at what had happened to him.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 3, Day 2: Acts 3:1-10:
3) The beggar walked after Peter told him to in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Those who saw this miracle were filled with wonder and awe.
4) Jesus comes to give us eternal life through faith by grace to forgive us of our sins. The man expected alms. When we have faith and expect things from God, He gives us great things. The man’s life was transformed by Jesus. So, too, can be ours. Jesus has the power to transform our lives.
5) Personal Question. My answer: Everything I do and am. My jobs, my family, my pets, my home, my life.
6) Homeless, fellow believers, all of us at some point really. Those who are hurting, who have lost a loved one, who are suffering.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 3, Day 2: Acts 3:1-10:
In 2012, this lesson entailed reading all of Acts 3 & 4. I am wondering if BSF is going to stop making us read so much of the Bible as one of their many changes, for good or bad. In 2012, I had noted that this lesson was challenging. The questions were about faith and the power of Jesus’ name. I’m missing those…
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 3, Day 2: Acts 3:1-10:
This story is included by Luke to show Acts 2:43 in action: that the apostles would do many signs and wonders. Here is just one of them.
Peter and John are still praying in the Jewish custom since they were going to temple at a certain hour. This is the 9th hour — the hour Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
The Jewish historian Josephus described this gate on the temple mount; made of fine Corinthian brass, seventy-five feet high with huge double doors, so beautiful that it “greatly excelled those that were only covered over with silver and gold.”
The man was begging at the gate because the Jewish people gave alms to support such people. Peter and John looked at him intently. Normally, people avoid eye contact with beggars.
There is a story about a humble monk walking with a Roman Catholic cardinal at a time in the Middle Ages when the Roman Catholic church was at its zenith of power, prestige, and wealth. The cardinal pointed to the opulent surroundings and said to the monk, “We no longer have to say, silver and gold I do not have.” The monk replied, “But neither can you say, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
At this moment, Peter received the gift of faith described in 1 Corinthians 12:9 – a supernatural ability to trust God in a particular situation.
This wasn’t something Peter did on a whim or as a promotional event; he did it under the specific prompting of the Holy Spirit. God gave Peter the supernatural ability to trust God for something completely out of the ordinary.
What We Learn from the Lame Man
- He followed the apostles (Jesus through them).
- He used what God had given hime (he walked).
- He praised God.
This was all in God’s timing. We know that this man was more than 40 years old (Acts 4:22), and had been crippled since birth. He was a familiar sight at this temple gate (Acts 3:10). Therefore, Jesus must have passed him by many times without healing him. It was for the greater glory of God that Jesus healed this man from heaven through His apostles.