Peter Speaks to the Crowd in Solomon’s Porch.
What a perfect place to share words of wisdom even greater than Solomon’s.
Peter accuses the men of Israel for killing Jesus.
The people gathered around Peter, John, and the miracle man.
Peter uses this miracle moment to turn their attention to Jesus the Messiah. This same Jesus is the one “whom you delivered up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had determined to release him..” (Acts 3:13 WEB)
The crowd is directly responsible for demanding Jesus’ crucifixion. They preferred to see Barabbas, a known criminal and murderer, released instead of Jesus.
Peter used the word “you” as he accuses the crowd of rejecting, denying and killing Jesus, the Son of God.
He says they, “killed the Prince of Life whom God raised from the dead” (Acts 3:15 WEB)
But you denied and rejected and disowned the Pure and Holy, the Just and Blameless One, and demanded [the pardon of] a murderer to be granted to you. (Acts 3:14 AMPC)
God’s plan at work
Glorified His Servant Jesus… (Acts 3:13 WEB)
Raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 3:14 WEB)
Spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets. (Acts 3:21 WEB)
Peter says the people and the rulers killed Jesus out of ignorance, and as a result, God fulfilled “the things he announced by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer.” (Acts 3:17 WEB)
Repentance does not describe being sorry, but describes the act of turning around. And as he used it in chapter two, here also Peter made repent a word of hope. He told them they had done wrong; but that they could turn it around and become right with God. (Guzik)
so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19 WEB)
Both then and now we all need forgiveness. Forgiveness means God blots out our sins.
Boice says that be converted is better translated, “turn to God” – or, even better, “flee to God.” Boice connects this with the imagery of the cities of refuge in the Old Testament, and thinks Peter told them to flee to Jesus as their place of refuge. (Enduring Word)
According to one list, Jesus fulfilled 356 prophecies. No one but an all-knowing, ever-present God can carry out such an elaborate plan through the brief life of one man.
God loves the world that much. He loves me that much.
I struggle with discouragement, worry, fear, impatience, and unbelief when I fixate on current circumstances. Instead, I should ask who He wants to be for me through each trial and remind myself of who He says I am in Him.
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