Acts 9:32-35 Aeneas Is Healed, And People Turn To The Lord.

After what appears as a kind of parentheses on Paul, Luke returns to Peter. It would seem that all parts of the country which Peter went through was Samaria, where he and John had been sent to confirm the reception of the word (8:14). Lydda was southwest of Samaria, hence we read “that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda” (v. 32). It is here that they meet a man named Aeneas who was paralyzed and thus bedridden for eight years (v. 33). It is interesting that he offers the man healing, not in the name of Jesus Christ, but in the name of Jesus the Christ (Cf. 3:6; 4:10). This is a point which is easy for us to miss. Peter and the apostles were declaring that Jesus was the anointed One, the Messiah or Christ, promised and foretold by the prophets. When Aeneas was told to arise and make his bed and walk, “he arose immediately” (v. 34). Luke states that “all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon (a plain northwest of Lydda) saw him and turned to the Lord” (v. 35). It is hard to imagine every last individual turning to the Lord, but it appears to have been the vast majority. In any case, the word was spreading and being received in faith.

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