CHAPTER 3 | Verses 11-16

Verse 11: “He who was healed, the lame one, clung to Peter and John and all the people ran to them at the hall, according to Solomon, and they were amazed (wondering).”

Clung: The word used here is usually written in regard to clinging to the Word of God, holding on to the commandments of God. This man had a desire to walk (live) in the same way that Peter and John did. He wanted a new conduct, a new lifestyle.

Hall: A position that was marked out, associated with Solomon (John 10v22). This hall of Solomon was very close to the Holy places. This draws our attention to the fact that the purpose for this healing was to draw people to God – not only the one who was healed but all
people. When a miracle takes place, it should not just impact the one who received it, but also those who witness it and even those who hear it as a testimony.

Verse 12: “Peter answered the people: ‘Men, Israelites, why do you wonder about this? Why are you looking at us as though by our own power or godliness that this one who walks was made to walk?”

Power or godliness: These two words are united with each other here. This teaches us an important truth, and that is that power (anointing) can bring about the miraculous (accomplish the work of God), but there is also power in living G-dly lives. Living righteously and obediently, to the purposes and the plan of God, anoints a person with power.


Verse 13: “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His servant Yeshua. You delivered and rejected Him before the face of Pilate, who judged this One as One judged to release.”

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: Whenever the patriarchs are mentioned we should think of two things: faith and promise.

Note: This verse ushers in a change in emphasis. No longer is the miracle done to this man being emphasised, but the emphasis shifts to Israel. The miracle that was done to this man has implications for all of Israel. Israel, if they exercise faith, can become recipients of the promise of God.

Rejected: They denied or rejected Him knowing that He was not guilty of what they had accused Him of. They had a portion of knowledge and knew that what they were doing was wrong.

One judged to release: Pilate judged Yeshua and desired to release Him.


Verse 14: “But you the Holy One and Righteous One rejected, and you requested that a murderous man be granted unto you.”

Granted: This word has the concept of ‘grace’ attached to it. They acted in a way that a murderous man (Barabbas) became a recipient of grace, and they denied the only True One who could provide grace. They made a very important error in judgement and misappropriated
the whole concept of grace.


Verse 15: “And the Founder of life you killed; whom God has raised from the dead; whom we are witnesses.”

The Founder of life: Life begins with Him.


Verse 16: “And by the faith of His name (Yeshua) this one (the lame man), whom you have seen and whom you know, His name strengthened. And the faith, which is through Him, has given to him wholeness, before you all.”

His name (Yeshua) strengthened: Through Yeshua’ s name the lame man was strengthened. There is power in His name.

Given to him wholeness: This is an idiom that means that he (the lame man) received perfect or complete restoration, and it all came about through faith in Yeshua’ s name.

Before you all: They were all witnesses of the healing.


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