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Apostles pray for lame man – soon the fight ensues | Acts 3:1-11

“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. 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 ancle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. 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.”

Commentary: Peter and John went together to the temple for prayer, and they saw a man born lame (he was weakened in his lower extremity where he was unable to walk), who was at the gate to ask for alms (getting something from people for free because of being poor). Peter and John were asked for alms, to which Peter said to search the two of them – only to find nothing.

Instead of money or valuables, Peter commanded healing in the name of Christ Jesus, and the lame man was helped up and began to gain strength in his lower limbs so much to begin leaping. The formerly lame man went into the temple with Peter and John, and the people there were staring in amazement at the lame man walking again. Questions began, because such healing causing the stir.

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