Acts 9: 32-35: Peter and Aeneas

I’ve been reading the Bible on a daily basis, with few exceptions, for the past 33 years.  I wonder how many times I’ve read Acts 9: 32-35 with glazed eyes? Several days ago, I read this passage and it sprang to life.  Read it carefully from the KJV:

32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed through all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwell at Lydda.

33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.  (Some versions use the word “paralyzed.”)

34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed.  And he arose immediately.

35 And all that dwelt at Lydaa and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

This is reminiscent of Jesus telling the sick man at the pool of Bethesda to “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”  Peter is emulating Christ.  Among the “sign gifts” listed in Mark 16: 17-18 that follow those who believe in Christ is “they shall lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”

When Aeneas was healed, all that saw him in  Lydaa and Saron “turned to the Lord.”  (What a revival!)  This suggests that the best way to evangelize the lost is to “demonstrate” the gospel.   Believers cannot do this in the flesh.  We must be plugged into the power source, the Holy Spirit, and follow His leading.

We are living in the last days.  It is time for those of us who are believers to step out of our comfort zones, seek God, and put His agenda first.  For He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3: 9).

Jerusalem, Pool of Bethesda Français : La Pisc...
Jerusalem, Pool of Bethesda Français : La Piscine de Bethesda à Jérusalem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. Hah! I found your other blog! I’m so glad I did. I love the stuff you have posted here. This article is so good. It confirms what I’ve come to understand – that Jesus left behind his God-like qualities (Phil. 2), and came in human form – fully dependent upon the Father and the Spirit…in order to show us what a life fully surrendered could be like. That intrigues me far more than getting a boatload of warm fuzzies and “God bumps” (although I’m all for those, too!).

    The Harbinger, if it is accurate, means that life as we know it will change dramatically in less than a year and a half. Perhaps this is why we see so much “sanctification” happening in us as well as in the believers we see around us. In my area, nearly everyone I know is undergoing one trial or another. I’m so thankful to have WordPress as a platform from which to reach the world while it is yet “day.” Lord, give us words to speak!

    1 Peter 4:10,11 is the commission the Lord gave me when I started Lessons by Heart back up in March. There may be something there for you as well.

    Have a blessed day!

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