Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire 7

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

The Word of God is a bridge that connects Earth with Heaven and Heaven with Earth.- Joseph Elon Lillie

 

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?

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2 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: House On Fire 7

  1. I believe the prompting of this miracle was Holy Spirit driven. I believe God was showing Peter and John the power of the Holy Spirit that was inside of them is powerful, miracles can happen. Before Jesus’ death the disciples tried to go out and perform miracles with no success so I believe God was saying now is the time because your faith is where it needs to be in order to perform miracles. Peter was probably coming from his own special prayer time with the Lord and now he was going to the temple to perform God’s work of showing the people the power of the Holy Spirit within him. For the people to see such a miracle after the death of Christ I think it probably confirmed the resurrection of Christ for many. What I mean by this is that Christ’s power is inside of those that receive Him into their hearts and confirmation is seeing the miracle by His disciples.
    I don’t believe any of these things change the story for me except that maybe it is a little clearer to me now.

    • This is a good thought Deb. Perhaps in his private prayer time Peter had heard the Spirit’s voice talking to him about a healing. I know many times in private prayer before ministry I am prompted about something special coming from the Spirit of God. The reaction of the people to this miracle always astounds me but I guess after having experienced several miracles and healings myself I shouldn’t be.

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