Acts 3:1-11 (web)
Peter Heals the Lame Man
3:2 A certain man who was lame from his mother's womb was being carried,
whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful,
to ask gifts for the needy of those who entered into the temple.
3:3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive gifts for the needy.
3:4 Peter, fastening his eyes on him, with John, said, "Look at us."
3:5 He listened to them, expecting to receive something from them.
3:6 But Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none, but what I have, that I give you.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!"
3:7 He took him by the right hand, and raised him up.
Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength.
3:8 Leaping up, he stood, and began to walk.
He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God.
3:9 All the people saw him walking and praising God.
3:10 They recognized him, that it was he who used to sit begging for gifts
for the needy at the Beautiful Gate of the temple.
They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
3:11 As the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John,
all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
vs 2 Here we have a parallel with John 9 in which Jesus healed a man who was blind from birth. The fact that such infirmities had been lifelong makes their healing appear even more miraculous. The gate of the temple of course was the best place to beg. People had to go through the gate to go in and out. And the Jews would have the most incentive to be generous at the time not only because they were carrying out their religous duties in the temple, but also because the Law of Moses commanded the Jews to provide for such people.
vs 6 It is interesting that despite the fact that Christians had sold their possessions and given them to the church, that the church leaders - Peter and John - didn't have any silver or gold on them, which is a rebuke to those who hoard up riches for themselves through religous activities. We remember that Judas used to be the one to hold the money bag and steal from it. (John 12:6)
Peter shared not a material gift, but a spiritual gift. He had been given miraculous powers, which he generously utilized in helping others. Of course such a gift is rare today, but we all have spiritual gifts we can use to generously help others.
vs 8-11 This man no doubt became a Christian and as such became a testimony to the legitimacy of the Apostle's teachings and thus a threat to the Jewish religious establishment as chapter 4 indicates. But this would also provide an opportunity for Peter's second sermon.