Scripture: Acts 3

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Peter Heals The Crippled Beggar

Acts 3:1-10 (KJV) 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 as did John. Peter said, Look on us.  And the man 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.  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: 10 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.

Questions:

1. Who was at the temple when Peter and John arrived and what did he ask of them (Acts 3:2)?

2. What did Peter ask the man to do (Acts 3:4)?

3. What did the man expect (Acts 3:5)?

4. How did Peter say to and do for the lame man (Acts 3:6-7)?

5. How did the man respond (Acts 3:8)?

6. What did the people see (Acts 3:9)?

7. How did the people respond (Acts 3:10)?

Answers:

1. A lame man sitting at the gate of the temple asked for alms from Peter and John.

2. Peter asked the man, “Look on us.”

3.The man expected to receive something from Peter and John.

4. 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.

5. The man leapt up and walked.  He entered with Peter and John into the temple, walking, leaping and praising God.

6. All the people saw him walking and praising God.

7. The people were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to the lame man.

Peter Speaks To The Onlookers

Acts 3:11-26 (KJV) 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.  12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?  13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified His Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.  14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.  16 And His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.  17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.  18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath so fulfilled.  19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.  20 And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.  22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you.  23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.  24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.  25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  26 Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Questions:

1. What did Peter say about himself and John (Acts 3:11-12)?

2. What did Peter say about God to the people gathered (Acts 3:13)?

3. What did Peter say about Jesus (Acts 3:14-16)?

4. What did Peter say about how the brethren and rulers had behaved (Acts 3:17)?

5. What prophecy was fulfilled (Acts 3:18)?

6. What did Peter tell the people to do (Acts 3:19)?

7. If the people obeyed what did Peter say God would do (Acts 3:20-21)?

Answers:

1. Peter said, “Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this (that the lame man was healed)? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?”

2. Peter said, “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified His Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.”

3. Peter said, “ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.  16 And His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”

4. Peter said, “And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.”

5. God fulfilled the prophecy that Christ should suffer.

6. Peter said, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

7. Peter  said, “God shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

HEAR the WORD

Acts 3:22-24 22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you.  23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.  24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses. My Bible notes: Most Jews thought that Joshua was this prophet predicted by Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15).  Peter was saying that the prophet was Jesus Christ.  From this point on in Acts, we see many Jews rejecting the gospel.  So the message went also to the Gentiles, many of whom were open to receive Jesus.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Acts 3:19 (NIV) “Repent … and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Do you live with wonder and amazement toward what God has done?

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Do you share what God has done?

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray those who don’t yet know You will turn to You, repent and be refreshed by You (Acts 3:19).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I show gratitude to the Lord for all He’s done.” <>< Dona