Acts 3: Alms for the Cripple

At the hour for prayer, how might the outpouring on the day of Pentecost have affected what Peter and John anticipated for this visit to the Temple?

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Acts 3:1 At the customary hour of prayer, about three o’clock, Peter and John were going to the Temple.
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Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

Every day, the lame man sat at the Temple gate and asked for money. Jesus and his disciples must have passed the man many times. If so, why might the man have received money and not have been healed?

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Acts 3:2 A man who was lame from birth had to be carried to the gate called Beautiful so he could ask alms of those entering the Temple.
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Acts 3:2 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;

When the man saw Peter and John, what did he expect to receive from them? What words or mannerisms might he have used?

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Acts 3:3 When he saw Peter and John, he asked for a gift.
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Acts 3:3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

For what reasons might Peter and John have had no money?

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Acts 3:4 They turned toward him, and Peter said, “Look,
3:5 you expect to receive money from us,
3:6 but we have no silver or gold. I’ll give you what I do have. By the authority and power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”
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Acts 3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
3:6 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.

In asking the man to look at him, how did Peter know what God was about to do?

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Acts 3:4 They turned toward him, and Peter said, “Look,
3:5 you expect to receive money from us,
3:6 but we have no silver or gold. I’ll give you what I do have. By the authority and power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”
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Acts 3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
3:6 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.

Neither repentance nor faith are listed as requirements for the man to receive healing. Even so, how might his trust in God have been affected by hearing about what took place in the Temple on the day of Pentecost?

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Acts 3:4 They turned toward him, and Peter said, “Look,
3:5 you expect to receive money from us,
3:6 but we have no silver or gold. I’ll give you what I do have. By the authority and power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”
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Acts 3:4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
3:5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
3:6 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.

As Peter took him by the hand, the man’s feet and ankles received strength. Having never walked before, how did the man skip the repeated falling that is necessary before any toddler learns to walk?

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Acts 3:7 Peter grabbed the man’s right hand and lifted him up. Immediately the man’s feet and ankles were strengthened.
3:8 Standing, walking, and then leaping, he entered the Temple with them, shouting glory to God.
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Acts 3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Society judged the afflicted as sinners cursed by God, excluded from Temple worship and prayer. Beyond the physical change, how might his walk through the Temple gate for the first time have affected the man’s emotional and spiritual wellbeing?

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Acts 3:7 Peter grabbed the man’s right hand and lifted him up. Immediately the man’s feet and ankles were strengthened.
3:8 Standing, walking, and then leaping, he entered the Temple with them, shouting glory to God.
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Acts 3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

To what extent do you think the Holy Spirit, who gave the man ability to walk, might have helped him with words to express God’s glory?

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Acts 3:7 Peter grabbed the man’s right hand and lifted him up. Immediately the man’s feet and ankles were strengthened.
3:8 Standing, walking, and then leaping, he entered the Temple with them, shouting glory to God.
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Acts 3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

If the man was leaping, waving his hands, and shouting praises to God, would such behavior be unusual in the Temple? Perhaps that explains why everyone saw him. In what different ways might people have viewed his conduct?

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2 Samuel 6:16 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked out a window. When she saw the king leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him.
Acts 3:9 Everyone in the Temple court saw the lame beggar walking and praising God.
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2 Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
Acts 3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God.

How did people react when they saw the beggar from outside the gate, now walking and leaping inside the Temple?

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Acts 3:10 They recognized him as the beggar they had passed daily at Gate Beautiful and were astonished. How was this possible?
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Acts 3:10 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.

What feelings do you think drove the man to hug Peter and John as people crowded around them at Solomon’s porch?

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Acts 3:11 While the man was hugging Peter and then John, all the people crowded around them at Solomon’s porch, greatly amazed.
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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.

What wrong assumption did people make about the source of the miracle-working power?

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Acts 3:12 When Peter saw they had gathered, he said, “People of Israel, why do you marvel at the miracle, staring at us like we caused the man to walk by our own power and righteousness?
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Acts 3:12 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?

Why was it important for Peter to tell them about Jesus? What did they not know?

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Acts 3:13 The God of our forefathers—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—has glorified his son Jesus, the one you handed over to Pilate and rejected when he wanted to release him.
3:14 You demanded the release of a murderer rather than receive the one who is wholly good and righteous.
3:15 After you killed the giver of life, God raised him from the dead, which we know is true because we have seen him.
3:16 In trusting his authority, this man you know so well has been healed. Yes, our trust in Jesus has made this man whole before you all.
3:17 Friends, I know what you and your leaders did was in ignorance.
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Acts 3:13 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.
3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
>3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
3:16 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.
3:17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.

For what reasons was it necessary for Jesus to suffer?

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Isaiah 53:5 Because of our sins, he was wounded. Because of the unrighteousness of our heart, he was beaten. Because he wanted to make us whole, he took the punishment. He was whipped so we could be healed.
Acts 3:18 God was fulfilling what the prophets said, that his Anointed must suffer.
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Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Acts 3:18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

What action did Peter say must be taken before people can experience life in Jesus?

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Acts 3:19 Repent now, turning to God, and your transgressions will be forgiven. His presence will bring you life
3:20 In Jesus, the Anointed One sent from God.
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Acts 3:19 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;
3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.

What will take place when Jesus returns to Earth? When will this happen?

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Matthew 24:36 No one knows the exact date and time, not even the angels in heaven. Only the Father knows.
25:13 Likewise, you should always be prepared, because you do not know when the Son of Man will come.
Acts 3:21 He ascended into Heaven until the day all things will be restored, as God has said through his holy prophets from the beginning.
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Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Acts 3:21 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.

What is the consequence of not heeding the words of Jesus?

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Acts 3:22 Moses said, “From among your own people, the Lord your God will raise up a prophet like himself. You must listen to him.
3:23 Anyone who ignores the words of that prophet who speaks under my direction and authority will have no part in the Kingdom of God.
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Acts 3:22 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.
3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

The coming of the Messiah had been predicted from the days of Samuel more than a thousand years earlier. When so many generations had passed with no fulfillment of the promise, John the baptizer came to bring anticipation of Jesus’ coming. Even so, how difficult do you think it would be for people to overcome their skepticism?

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Acts 3:24 Indeed, ever since the days of Samuel, God’s prophets have predicted the events that have just happened.
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Acts 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

If Jesus was a “son of Abraham,” how can he also be the “son of God”?

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Acts 3:25 As children of those prophets, you are heirs of the covenant promises that God gave to your forefathers, saying to Abraham, Through your offspring everyone on Earth will be blessed.
3:26 You are the first to benefit from God sending his Son Jesus to bless you, to turn you away from evil desires.
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Acts 3:25 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.
3:26 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.

The Law revealed people’s guilt but lacked the power to force obedience. Jesus came to change our desires so doing what was right fulfilled a higher standard than what was required by the Law. How does knowing and following Jesus change our desires?

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Matthew 5:21 Since ancient times, you have heard it said, “Do not commit murder,” and, “A murderer must be brought to trial.”
5:22 But I tell you, anyone who is angry with his brother will stand trial. For slander, someone may be brought to court, but anyone who calls another person stupid is in danger of hell’s fire.
5:27 You have heard it said, “Do not commit adultery.”
5:28 But I say that anyone with a lustful look has already committed adultery in his or her heart.
Acts 3:26 You are the first to benefit from God sending his Son Jesus to bless you, to turn you away from evil desires.
Romans 8:3 The Law wasn’t enough to change our fleshly desires, so God sent his Son, embodied in human flesh, capable of sin. Living without sin, Jesus exposed the destructive nature of sin and showed how people can walk in the Spirit and not be driven by fleshly needs.
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Matthew 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Acts 3:26 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.
Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: