“Starting with Samuel, every prophet spoke about what is happening today,” Acts 3:24.
What a remarkable statement.
As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, with those eleven words, Peter alerted that unsuspecting crowd that had gathered at the Temple for their daily 3PM prayers that the singular message of the entire OT was now beginning to be fulfilled right before their amazed and curious eyes.
Jerusalem in all of its storied history had never before experienced anything like the events of the past two-to-three months. Going all the way back to Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into the Holy City, then His cleansing of the Temple, the crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Day of Pentecost. And now, for the past two-to-three months, nonstop, ongoing miracles.
All of that leading up to this: a very public, and deafeningly loud miracle—the healing of the lame man whom everyone in Temple precincts that day had passed every day on their way up to Temple.
I say loud because, as we can only imagine, when this man now went “walking and leaping and praising God” throughout Temple courts, everyone heard him.
And everyone naturally wondered, “What on earth is going on around here?”
Peter was about to tell them exactly “What on earth is going on around here?”
As it turns out, A LOT was going on around here.
Peter’s answer to that question?
“Starting with Samuel, every prophet spoke about what is happening today.”
The entire Old Testament—every story, prophecy, promise, sacrifice, festival, feast day, type, symbol, sign—all of it pointed to that day here in Acts 3, and all that they were witnessing now.
Get ready for a wild ride, courtesy of Peter.
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