Thursday, May 31, 2018
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO Acts ~ Chapter 3
One day Simon Peter and John were going up to the Temple at the hour of prayer, that is, at 3:00 in the afternoon. A man, lame from birth, who was carried daily to the gate of the Temple called Beautiful, was there to beg alms from those who were going into the Temple. When he saw Simon Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a gift from them, too. But Simon Peter, as well as John, looked intently at him and said, “Look at us!” He did so, expecting to get something from them. But Simon Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold, but I’ll give you what I do have! In the Name of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach of Nazareth, get up and walk!” He took the man by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones grew strong. And leaping up, he stood and walked about, and he went into the Temple with them, walking and leaping and praising Elohei.
When all the people saw him walking and praising Elohei, hey recognized him as the very man who had been sitting at The Beautiful gate of the Temple, begging, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. While he still clung to Simon Peter and John, all the people in great astonishment crowded about them in what was known as Solomon’s Porch.
When Simon Peter saw this, he addressed them. “Men of Israel”, he said, “why are you surprised at this? And why do you stare at us as though we had by our own power or piety made him walk? Elohei – the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob – has done it. Thereby he has glorified His Servant Yeshua, Whom you betrayed and disowned before Pilate after he had made up his mind to set Him free. But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One, and demanded that a murderer be set free. Then you went and killed the Lord of Life Whom Elohei had raised up from the dead, a fact that we have witnessed. This man Whom you see and know was made strong through His Name, through faith in His Name. Indeed, it is in this faith in Him that has completely restored this man before all of you.”
“Brothers, I know that you, as well as your rulers, did it through ignorance. In this way Elohei accomplished what He had foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that Ha’Mashiach must suffer. But you must repent; you must turn to Elohei and have your sins blotted out; then times of refreshing will come from the presence of Adonai. And He will send Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, Who before this was preached to you. True, He must remain in heaven until the time for the restoration of all things, a matter which Elohei has told us through all His holy prophets from the beginning.”
“Thus Moshe said, ‘Elohei will rise up from among your brothers a Prophet, just as He appointed me. You must listen to Him on every matter He speaks to you about. And everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be eradicated from among The People (Deuteronomy 18:15). All the prophets who have spoken since Samuel also have foretold of these times. You are the heirs of the prophets and of the Covenant that Elohei made with our fathers when He said to Abraham, “In your seed shall all the races of the earth be blessed”. Elohei has raised up His servant, Yeshua, and has sent Him to you first, and He will bless you, each one of you who will turn away from his wicked ways”.