The Healing of a Lame Beggar

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Main Scripture: Acts 3:1-10

The Healing of a Lame Beggar

Acts 3:1-10 (The Healing of a Lame Beggar)
If you were told that Jesus would give you whatever you asked for, what would you ask of Him? It is not sinful to ask for provision if you are impoverished nor to ask for healing if you are sick. Praise God that though He doesn't always give us what we want He knows and gives us what we need. Acts 3 describes the encounter of Peter and John with the lame man who was begging for alms and how he was healed.
PLACE of the miracle
It is interesting that some key miracles in the Bible, such as this one, happen during the defined hours of prayer. (The power of prayer!)
This miracle took place at the temple gate called "Beautiful," which had a high level of traffic of people going in and out, and as such it was the best place to sit and beg. The grand temple gate was symbolic of a place that was financially secure but spiritually bankrupt. To this place approached the apostles who were financially poor but spiritually rich to encounter one who was both financially and spiritually bankrupt.
POWER of the miracle
"Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth walk!" Invoking miracles in the name of Jesus is widely abused nowadays. "In the name of..." simply means "in the authority of..." meaning Jesus is King here! Jesus is authority here! Peter didn't have any money, but he did have the authority from Jesus to heal the sick.
PURPOSE of the miracle
Whenever we see miracles in the Bible, whether during the time of Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Jesus, or the apostles, it was always to accredit the messenger and the message. The healing of the lame man outside the temple demonstrated that the apostles really did come with the authority of King Jesus and that their message was true that people can be saved through the goodness and mercy of that King. A second purpose was to demonstrate God's sovereignty in the salvation of this beggar.