Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Spiritual Beggar

ACTS 3: 
“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. “And 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: who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked an alms. 

“And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. “Then 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. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 

“And all the people saw him walking and praising God: and 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. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. 

“And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, -and of Jacob, the God of our Fathers, hath glorified His Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate when he was determined to let Him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you: and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And His name, through faith in His name, hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”

"IMAGINE A DOUBLE staircase of marble, rising to the first terrace for the women, the second terrace for the men. On the top stair of the second flight is the Beautiful Gate, so termed, made of Corinthian brass, so heavy that it took four men to open and close it at sunrise and sunset. It was exquisitely wrought of beaten work, and was counted one of the wonders of the world. Beyond it lay the altar, and the laver, and the temple, the court in which our Savior often walked, and in which the priests did their wonted work. There it stood, not unlike the gate into a whole life, because there was an old law in the book of Leviticus which enacted that any man that had a defect or deformity, though actually born with true Israelitish blood in his veins, was never to enter."

Meyer, F. B. (2014-07-01). THE WORKS OF F. B. MEYER, Vol 1 (25 Works): 25 Classic Devotionals, Biographies and Teachings on the Higher Life (Kindle Locations 7034-7039).  . Kindle Edition.

It's no secret, I love F.B. Meyer. He not only pulls out gems from the word of God, but he does so beautifully.

As I read the scripture passage, I already had this "spidey sense" of where he would be going. I began seeing that WE are the beggars outside the beautiful gate, begging for alms, unable to enter the sanctuary of God!

What I really liked was how he points out later that faith doesn't check the ankles for whether their healed. It just stands up!

God has opened the door for us to go into the sanctuary as priests! PRIESTS! We have full access to the Show Bread (which only the priests could eat) which represents Christ, the Word of God. When we read the Bible, we should GET IT!

If we don't, we're failing to take what God has given us. Maybe there's some lameness in us, some failure to act in faith and we're just sitting there outside the gate, begging for other people's good will.

I'm determined no longer to wait on the good will of others and take from the best provider, God, my Father. I'll take what I need by faith, not checking to see if there's some new feeling or sensation. I'll have the patience of Christ, the purity of Christ, the kindness, faithfulness and goodness of Christ. All of these gifts, at the time I need them.

You can have them, too. They're gifts for God's children. If you have, by faith, been numbered among them, you can have these things. You will stand and leap, entering in to worship God beyond the gate!

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