December 23, 2020 – Wednesday
Acts 5:12-16 NIV
12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.
13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
First of all, they met at Solomon’s Porch, Portico or Colonnade, was a colonnade, or cloister, located on the eastern side of the Temple’s Outer Court. A description and a look at what it is believed to look like may be seen here.
This meeting place was where the apostles gathered with believers. Yet even though highly regarded by the people, no one dared join them. This was likely due to the known hostility of the priests and the Sadducees towards the apostles. Yet they would bring their sick and possessed to be healed. People were healed and more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number despite the animus of the priests and the Sadducees.
We don’t know if people were healed by Peter’s (or any apostle’s) shadow, but the people believed it to be possible. However, we do know a woman was healed by touching Jesus’ cloak as described in in Luke 8:44.
Even more telling, Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed. Not many, not most, not some, but all of them were healed.
Doing all of this at the temple with the opposition of those in charge of the temple is why more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. The disciples were doing everything in the name of Jesus, giving Him all the credit, thus many came to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Peter Pett makes this clear as well when he writes, No wonder that the authorities, who could not accept what they were teaching, were appalled. It was as though Jesus had reappeared in multiplied form. And while it is not stated we can be absolutely sure that they were constantly calling on the forbidden Name of Jesus.
How upset were the authorities at all of the healings? We only have to read the next few verses to find out, 17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. They put them in jail! How did that work out? 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” 21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. What happened next? Open your bibles and find out!
Note that God was confronting the Sadducees, priests, and the entire Sanhedrin with the truth of Jesus via the healings, but as when Jesus was on the earth they were not interested in the truth, only in their own power. This is very much true of the secular world today in its opposition to the teaching of the bible.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – How amazing the power you granted the apostles to heal and even today for Your word to change lives. Thank you for all you do and for permitting us not to be blinded to what Jesus and His apostles accomplished by following Your will. Help us to follow Your will daily. – In Jesus name, amen.