Who are the Real Lame

Acts 3 v 2
And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple.

Jesus never condemns beggars, He is clear that defects are not “earned” because of sin (John 9:1–7). The healing of the lame is a sign that the Messiah has come (Isaiah 35:6). Healed,or not, the lame are welcome into God’s kingdom (Luke 14:21).

The “Beautiful Gates” location is uncertain. Being a “gate of the temple” doesn’t mean that it goes directly into the building; the phrase “the temple” is often used to mean the entire top of the Temple Mount. Some think it is one of the gates in the temple itself, but no other source mentions “the Beautiful Gate.” It is unclear if the lame were allowed into the temple though many believe they may have been banned. When David first captured Jerusalem, the inhabitants “Jebusites” mocked that the lame and blind could fight off his army. After his victory, the saying, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house” became popular, but this refers to Jebusites, not actual blind and lame people (2 Samuel 5:6–8). Men who were lame were not allowed to be priests (Leviticus 21:17–18), but the Mosaic law doesn’t forbid the lame from entering the temple as worshipers.

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