Random Acts: Personal and Social Restoration

Series: Random Acts

Sunday, October 13, 2019 | By Gary Holmes

Random Acts: Personal and Social Restoration

This passage records the miraculous healing of a lame man at the Beautiful Gate. According to the practice of the times, the lame man’s physical impairment made him an “outsider” to the temple community. He was excluded from the temple and all it symbolized in Israel: divine presence, sacrifice, atonement of sin – to name just a few. The gate begins to lose the value of it’s name: Beautiful Gate. This is a story of restoration, not only for the one who was outcast, but for the new kingdom where God is concerned for the least and the lost. Do we the folks of Sugar River participate in the old system of exclusion, or the new kingdom of inclusion?

Gary Holmes


Associated Scripture Passage(s):

Acts 3:1-10

Acts 3:1-10

1Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength. 8And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. (KJV)

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