"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Peter Heals in Jerusalem
Acts 3:1-10 Commentary
by O. Wesley Allen Jr.
This passage in which Peter and John heal a lame man is the first scene in the Book of Acts after the story of Pentecost in chapter 2.
Luke told us how the church was formed by the gift of the Holy Spirit and baptism and gathered around the apostles’ teaching and now moves on to narrate examples of the apostles’ ministry in Jerusalem. This scene is part of a larger story: the healing is really the set up for the sermon Peter gives to the crowd of witnesses in Acts 3:11-26. The healing and sermon together, in turn, set up the first instance of persecution of the church in Acts when Peter and John are imprisoned and tried for their actions (Acts 4). For the sake of this essay, we will keep our focus on the healing story proper, but the preacher will want to explore the wider context as a way of recognizing the importance Luke places on the story for the advancement of his theological and narrative agenda.
The healing story follows the typical form of healing stories in the gospels: the ill person and the healer meet (Acts 3:1-3), including a description of the ill person’s condition that makes healing seem ...
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