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Thursday, June 27 2013

The Healing Of A Soul At The Beautiful Gate

"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"

Peter and John had much in common prior to their calling by the Messiah. They were fishermen of the Sea of Galilee (see also The Ships Of Galilee) and adherents of Judaism, as it had become (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism). Upon their conversion, they had very much more in common, and remained together for some time after the Messiah's ascension to heaven (see The Forerunner Of Man and Of God and What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).

It was while Peter and John were together on their way to pray (see How To Pray) at the Temple (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple; also What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?) that a miraculous healing of a man, by means of the Holy Spirit of God, "in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth," took place.

The Beautiful Gate

"3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour [i.e. the ninth hour of daylight, about 3pm; see Hours Of The Day] 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; 3:3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 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. 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. 3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 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." (Acts 3:1-10 KJV)

The miraculous healing was witnessed by many people, who stood in wonderment at what had happened. Peter said to them, "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?" Peter then continued with lesson and a chastisement.

"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. 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? 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." (Acts 3:11-16 KJV)

Peter then invited all who were present to accept the true meaning of what they already knew from the Scriptures.

"3:17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 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. 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: 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. 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.

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. 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." (Acts 3:17-26 KJV)

The incident, although unplanned (at least by Peter and John), resulted in "many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand."

Pharisees and Herodians

"4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 4:2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand." (Acts 4:1-4 KJV)

The religious authorities, upon seeing such a large loss of their political/religious following (see Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?), rather than joyously accepting the miracle and becoming true followers of the Messiah themselves (see Who Was Their Messiah?), confronted Peter and John with the purpose of opposing them.

"4:5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 4:6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 4:7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?

4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 4:9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:5-12 KJV)

The religious authorities, despite their refusal to repent for themselves (among them may yet have been the Pharisee Saul, who, after his later conversion, became the apostle Paul; see The Passed Over Pharisees), were powerless to stop it because of the number of people involved. "So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done."

"4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 4:14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 4:15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 4:16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. 4:22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed." (Acts 4:13-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: How was the man's "soul" healed so that he could walk? What does the Holy Bible define as the human "soul"?
See What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?


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This Day In History, June 27

1358: The Republic of Dubrovnik was founded.

1709: Peter the Great defeated Charles XII at the Battle of Poltava.

Edward Gibbon 1743: King George II of Britain defeated the French at Dettingen in the War of the Austrian Succession. He was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle.

1759: British General James Wolfe landed his army near Quebec City and blocked the St. Lawrence River to French shipping. After a siege that lasted 75 days, the 33 year-old Wolfe led his troops up the cliff behind Quebec City to the Plains of Abraham (September 13) where they defeated Montcalm's garrison and captured the city. Both commanders died in battle.

1787: Edward Gibbon wrote the last lines of his classic "The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."

1801: British forces defeated the French and took control of Cairo, Egypt.

1806: British forces capture Buenos Aires during the first British entry of the Río de la Plata.

1844: Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, and his brother Hyrum Smith, were murdered by a mob in an Illinois jail.

1893: A major stock market plunge began in the U.S.A., leading to an economic depression in which 600 banks and 74 railroads went out of business by the end of the year.

1898: The first solo circumnavigation of the earth was completed by Joshua Slocum of Briar Island, Nova Scotia.

1905: Mutinous Russian soldiers seized the battleship Potemkin in the Black Sea, throwing the commander and several other officers overboard.

1918: Two German pilots became the first to be saved by parachutes.

1941: During the Second World War, Romanian military forces, as allies of Nazi Germany, began one of the most fierce pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Ias,i, (Romania). Over 13,000 Jews - men, women and children - were murdered.

1954: The world's first nuclear power station began operation, in Obninsk, Russia.

1957: Hurricane Audrey struck near the Texas-Louisiana border. Over 400 people were killed.

1967: The world's first ATM went into service, in London, England.

1976: Members of the Baader-Meinhof gang, a German terrorist organization inspired by Soviet anti-Semitic propaganda, hijacked an Air France airliner flying from Paris to Tel Aviv and forced it to land in Idi Amin's Uganda. They then set apart the 83 Israelis to be murdered if Israel did not release 53 Palestinian terrorists being held in Israel. The hostages were rescued by Israeli commandos in the "Entebbe Raid" 6 days later.

1977: France granted independence to the African nation of Djibouti.

1991: After declaring independence a few days earlier, Slovenia was invaded by Yugoslav military forces, beginning the Ten-Day War.

2007: Tony Blair resigned as British Prime Minister, after 10 years in office.





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