DAY 97 OF 365 IN 2021
Acts 3:2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
Beauty always appears to relate to specific traits or qualities. The definitions the dictionary presents
establishes a close correlation with the aesthetic senses. Hence, the Oxford dictionary appears to define beauty as closely as it is currently perceived: ‘a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.’
Why the definition? It was a big wonder that the man mentioned in our text today was laid at ‘the beautiful gate’. Most certainly, this entrance to the temple would have been aesthetically pleasing to the eye with the use of expensive construction materials, delicate designs with golden accents, and finished by brilliant architecture.
Thus, we would have expected the story of individuals who used this gate to be similar, to be ‘beautiful’.
However, the man we read about was a living contrast to the gate’s name for he had no elegance, no poise and no beauty. In fact, he was lame and since his birth, had been laid daily at this gate begging for alms.
Beloved, his healing was indicative of the correlation God sought to establish- beautiful goes with beauty, praise goes with joy, victory accompanies His own and everything good and perfect, becomes the portion of his children. God is not interested in creating contrasts, but rectifying situations to become a reflection of his desire: plans to lead us to a successful end.