January 14th, 2019
A Man Cannot Buy or Sell God’s Mercy and Grace
Acts 3:1-6 (KJB) Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 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; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 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.
These verses record an event that happened at a gate deemed beautiful. It is not known which exact gate this was in the city of Jerusalem, but we know that this gate was ornate and special and perhaps a busy entrance into the Jewish synagogue. We know the setting was in a time of the New Testament after Pentecost when many miracles and supernatural healing took place.
The Bible says a lame man was brought to lie before this gate located in an area frequented by men of God. This man was a beggar looking for an opportunity to speak with a servant of God, asking for alms. This man got such an opportunity when Peter and John approached where he lay. This man desired to be healed of his physical infirmities and knew that these men of God could deliver.
Unlike today in this world, where health care costs are forever rising to excessive levels, care is inconsistent; consequently, patient care is being run into the ground by multiple levels of insurance and governmental regulations and interference, the healing and preservation of health in this ancient time were simple. It was maintained and provided by faith in the power and presence of God rather than in any work of mankind.
This man was healed of his physical infirmities and immediately rose up to walk. This kind of healing is not prevalent today. However, we serve the same God who can divinely heal any circumstance through faith in Jesus Christ according to His will and way. God never relies upon financial means, but solely upon confidence placed in His power and presence for both physical and spiritual preservation.