11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?
After the first temple had been destroyed, Zerubbabel and Ezra’s rebuilt temple followed the design of the old one exactly. Later Herod based his temple on the rebuilt temple, with great embellishments, but not to erase Solomon’s temple totally from peoples’ minds.
Peter attacked men’s being given credit for power and authority they did not possess. Everyone agrees that prayer can only come from God, and yet people quickly attribute to men what belongs to God. Since the people were told not to concentrate their attention on the apostles, how much more the Spirit tells us not to call on mere saints.