And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
Solomon’s Porch is an amazing site in Jerusalem. One can easily visualize the apostles performing miracles in the midst of the temple while viewing the ruins. The crowds were watching, and some believed, and some were skeptical. Word was going viral without the help of social media. This crowd, this new sect of believers who believed in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, was growing at an amazing rate. Some wanted to join out of curiosity, but didn’t dare after seeing the consequence of Ananias and Sapphira. Many people were bringing their physically and mentally sick friends and loved ones to the feet of the apostles to be healed. I can just imagine the streets around Solomon’s porch lined with beds and couches…and every one of them was healed.
God blesses true faith. The crowds had a simple believing faith, and their faith was rewarded greatly with the healing of their loved ones and increasing of their faith. The Jews required a sign and our Heavenly Father was so gracious to grant it.
How is your faith today? Are you strong and stable or are you double minded? God gives all of us miracles every day, yet, we can often find some way to excuse it or to ignore it. We usually don’t do it intentionally, we just get busy and on to the next thing. Look for God’s work in your life. It is not hard, but we do need to be aware and watching. It will increase your faith!
Written by Kaye Dee Richards. Kaye Dee lives with her husband Colin in Morrison, CO. They have 4 children, Joshua, Amelia, Victoria, and Julia.