So let’s talk about context today. Context is what goes on around stories in the Bible sets of verses. None of the biblical writers just suddenly popped onto the stage of life and spoke out your favorite verses. Each biblical character had just come from somewhere and was heading somewhere else when they said or did the things that touch your heart. This is context (or at least a part of it) Understanding the context helps us to gain a better understanding of what may have been going on in the characters head when they said and did the things that changed the world.
Today’s verses are a case in point: Acts 3:1-10
3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
What prompted this miracle?
Where do you imagine Peter was coming from?
Where was Peter going?
Do any of these things change the story for you?