| Hurlbut's Story of the Bible|
|by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut|
|A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With 168 stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading. Ages 6-12 |
THE MAN AT THE BEAUTIFUL GATE
Acts iii: 1 to 31.
HE two apostles, Peter and John, were one day going up to
the Temple at the afternoon hour of prayer, about three
oíclock. They walked across the court of the Gentiles,
which was a large open square paved with marble, having
on its eastern side a double row of pillars with a roof
above them, called "Solomonís Porch." In front of this
porch was the principal entrance to the Temple, through
a gate which was called "The Beautiful Gate." At this
gate outside the Temple, they saw a lame man sitting.
He was one who in all his life had never been able to
walk; and as he was very poor, his friends carried him
every day to this place; and there he sat, hoping that
some of those who went into the Temple might take pity
on him and give him a little money.
PETER AND JOHN AT THE BEAUTIFUL GATE
In front of this man Peter and John stopped; and Peter
said, "Look at us!"
The lame man looked earnestly on the two apostles,
thinking they were about to give him something. But
"Silver and gold have I none; but what I have that I
will give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of
 And Peter took hold of the lame manís right hand, and
raised him up. At once the lame man felt a new power
entering into his feet and ankle-bones. He leaped up,
and stood upon his feet, and began to walk, as he had
never done before in all his life. He walked up the
steps with the two apostles, and went by their side
into the Temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
The people who now saw him leaping up and running, knew
him, for they had seen him every day sitting as a
beggar at the Beautiful Gate; and every one was filled
with wonder at the change which had come over him.
After worshipping and praising god in the Temple, the
man, still holding fast to Peter and John, went out
with them through the beautiful Gate into Solomonís
Porch. And in a very few minutes a great crowd of
people were drawn together to the place to see the man
who had been made well, and to see also the two men who
had healed him.
Then Peter stood up before the throng of people, and
spoke to them.
"Ye men of Israel," he said, "why do you look wondering
on this man? Or why do you fix your eyes upon us, as
though by our own power or goodness we had made this
man to walk? The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of
Jacob has in this way shown the power and the glory of
his Son Jesus; whom you gave up to his enemies, and
whom you refused before Pontius Pilate, when Pilate was
determined to set him free. But you refused the Holy
One and the Righteous One, and chose the murderer
Barabbas to be set free in his place; and you killed
the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead. We
who have seen him risen, declare that this is true.
And the power of Jesus through faith in his name, has
made this man strong. Yes, it is faith in Christ that
has given him this perfect soundness before you all.
Now, my brothers, I am sure that you did not know that
it was the son of God and your own Saviour whom you
sent to the cross. Therefore turn to God in sorrow for
this great sin, and God will forgive you; and in his
own time he will send again Jesus Christ. God who has
raised up his Son is ready to bless you, and turn away
every one of you from his sins."
While Peter was speaking, the priests, and the captain
of the Temple, and the rulers, came upon them; for they
were angry as they heard Peter speak these words. They
laid hold of Peter and
 John and put them into the guard-room for the night.
But many of those who had heard Peter speaking believed
on Jesus, and sought the Lord; and the number of the
followers of Christ rose from three thousand to five
On the next day the rulers came together; and Annas and
Caiaphas, the two high priests, were there, and with
them many of their friends. They brought Peter and
John and set them before the company. The lame man who
had been healed was still by the side of the two
apostles. The rulers asked them:
"By what power or through whom have you done this?"
Then Peter spoke boldly to the priests and the rulers.
He said: "Ye rulers of the people and elders, if you
are asking us about the good deed done to this man who
was so helpless, how it was that he was made well, I
will tell you that by the name and the power of Jesus
of Nazareth, whom you put to death on the cross, whom
God raised from the dead; even by him this man stands
here before you all strong and well. And there is no
salvation except through Jesus Christ, for there is no
other person under heaven who can save us from our
PETER AND JOHN BEFORE THE RULERS
 When these rulers saw how bold and strong were the
words of Peter and John, they wondered, especially as
they knew that they were plain men, not learned in
books, and not used to speaking. They remembered that
they had seen these men among the followers of Jesus,
and they felt that in some way Jesus had given them
this power. And as the man who had been healed was
standing beside them, they could say nothing to deny
that a wonderful work had been done.
The rulers sent Peter and John out of the council-room,
while they talked together. They said to each other:
"What shall we do to these men? We cannot deny that a
wonderful work has been done by them, for everyone
knows it. But we must stop this from spreading any
more among the people. Let us command them not to
speak to any man about the name of Jesus; and let us
tell them that if they do speak, we will punish them."
So they called the two apostles into the room again,
and said to them: "We forbid you to speak about Jesus,
and the power of his name, to any man. If you do not
stop talking about Jesus, we will lay hands on you, and
put you in prison, and will have you beaten."
But Peter and John answered the rulers:
"Whether it is right to obey you or to obey God, you
yourselves can judge. As for ourselves we cannot keep
silent; we must speak of what we have seen and heard."
The rulers were afraid to do any harm to Peter and
John, because they knew that the people praised God for
the good work that they had done; and they would be
angry to have harm come to them. For fear of the
people, they let them go. And being let go, they went
to their own friends, the company who met in the upper
room, and there they gave thanks to God for helping
them to speak his word without fear.
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