Peter heals a man born with malformed feet and ankles.
3. One specific example of the many signs and wonders done through the apostles
The ninth hour (3:00 PM) is — the same time of day Jesus cried out, “It is finished.”
The man born with malformed feet and ankles depended on someone to carry him from the day he was born. Acts 4:22 says he was over 40 years old. His only occupation was waiting at the gate, begging for and expecting lunch-money.
Peter and John were on their way to pray at the temple when Peter stopped and stared at him and said, “look at us.” Since we usually avoid eye contact when we don’t intend to give a beggar money, the lame man probably held out his hand or bag expectantly.
Instead of paying for a morsel of bread, Peter used the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to say “rise up and walk!” Empowered by a gift of faith, he took the man by his right hand and pulled him up.
That could have been an embarrassing disaster because his feet and bones did not receive strength until he was up.
Luke, a medical doctor, describes the miracle in medical terms.
“Perhaps only medical men can fully appreciate the meaning of these words; They are peculiar, technical words of a medical man. Luke only uses the word translated feet, and occurs nowhere else. It indicates his discrimination between different parts of the human heel. The phrase ankle-bones is again a medical phrase to be found nowhere else. The word ‘leaping up’ describes the coming suddenly into socket of something that was out of place, the articulation of a joint. This then is a very careful medical description of what happened in connection with this man.” (Morgan) (via Guzik)
For the first time in his life, this formerly disabled man walks, leaps, and praises God as he enters the temple.
Everyone there knows who he is, and an amazed crowd quickly gathers around. There’s no question they are eye-witnesses to a miraculous event.
4. Spiritual healing
While the man could not walk, his expectations were low. He reluctantly accepted a life of living on handouts from one meal to the next.
Healing came only by grace and the gift of faith operating through Peter, a believer filled to overflowing with the Spirit of God. He did nothing to earn it.
Jesus paid the penalty for the sin that crippled us, and “just as [He] was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 ESV)
The testimony of the man born disabled encourages me to raise my level of expectation.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)
Peter and John wanted something greater than supporting the man in his condition. They wanted to transform his life by the power of the risen Jesus Christ.
“It is not the Church’s business in this world to simply make the present condition more bearable; the task of the Church is to release here on earth the redemptive work of God in Christ.” (LaSor) via Enduring Word
My mother lived seven more years after doctors said she wouldn’t last more than a month, my oldest son is alive and completely well despite complete kidney failure when he was two, and my daughter-in-law bedridden for six years is now well and active.
The elderly and the unborn
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Answers to BSF Bible Study questions Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 3 Day 2