Waiting at the Temple

Acts 5:15   Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

  Acts 5:16   There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Earlier in this story, the apostles had healed a lame man who was sitting at the temple gates begging.  The man got up and walked, and all who saw him began praising God and knew that the men that healed him were of God.

Then the church grew and added more members and went about preaching and teaching the Word of God.  Anyone who became a member was highly regarded by the people; they had so much respect for and faith in these apostles, that they brought all the sick out of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas and laid them in the streets.

The people had so much faith in the apostles, especially Peter, that even if Peter’s shadow was cast over them, they would be healed from all sorts of sicknesses, spiritually and physically.

Just think about that for a minute: the capital city (Jerusalem) of a nation (Israel) and all the surrounding villages is a pretty good sized number of people.  ALL of them were healed.  They were healed EVERY ONE.

It may have taken a long time for Peter to get to all the people that were gathered to be healed by him.  And who knows how long each of these people had suffered with their conditions before this healing finally came?

But still, the healing came.  It can take a looong time if you are waiting for healing — and you may have to wait at the temple (the feet of Christ) and keep the faith for a time that feels drawn out beyond your patience.  But you ARE at the feet of God, and He is NOT going to ignore your suffering!  It can be spiritual or physical suffering, because He doesn’t just heal the physical, he heals the spiritual and mental wounds as well.

A lot of times spiritual or mental problems come from soul wounds that have happened early in life.  What God really wants to do is show you His infinite love that can get into all those deep, dark places and heal you from the inside!  He doesn’t want to just make you look good and feel good, He wants to make you a beacon of His love, in a sense, so that His love and healing can spread throughout your core and then spill out to bless others as well, and show them His love.

It starts a chain reaction that spills from one person to the next to the next, and shows God’s infinite love.

The Power of Communication

Acts 2:8   And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Acts 2:9-11   Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

This passage is talking about Pentecost, when the 11 apostles had tongues of fire over their heads representing the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was helping them to speak in different languages to different people groups…languages that they had never even learned before! And then they went and preached to people from all different places AT THE SAME TIME!

I believe that this is not only showing us how powerful the Holy Spirit is, but it is showing us how we can reach out to anyone. If we ask for wisdom on how to reach someone, God’s Spirit will show it to us, and He will often use ways that we may not expect. The apostles were probably not expecting to suddenly know how to speak a different language!

Even if someone is from another country or another religion or (if you just have a hard time talking to them) with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can speak to anyone.

We can use this power throughout our daily lives, just as we see here. In this passage, the apostles may have just been studying the Scriptures and then began to prophesy. Or they may have been teaching others the works of God, and just started teaching everybody without even noticing they were doing it in different languages! Either way, they were willing to be led by God…and you just have to be willing to let God lead you also, and you can do miraculous things!