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Bible Passage Acts 9: 36-41
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Acts, Mark.


  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached June 5, 2023

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was known for her good actions and acts of charity that she was always doing.

37 At that time, she got sick and died. After they had washed her, they laid her in an upstairs room.

38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples heard that Peter was there and sent two men to him and begged him, “Come here quickly!”

39 So Peter got up and went with them. When he arrived, they took him upstairs. All the widows gathered around Peter, crying and showing him all the shirts and coats Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 Peter made them all go outside. After kneeling down, he prayed, turned to the body, and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

41 He extended his hand and helped her get up. Then he called the saints, including the widows, and gave her back to them alive.

Joppa is called Jaffa today. It is on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) northwest of Lydda.

The Greek name ‘Dorcas’ means ‘gazelle’. (A gazelle is a beautiful wild animal with feet like a horse has. It runs fast and it jumps high.)

Perhaps Dorcas was always running fast because she was busy! She helped many people, so she was very popular. But she died suddenly. Everyone was agitated.

Widows were often very poor people who had no money so they needed people to help them. Dorcas made clothes for them. She helped them in that way. Probably, the widows were wearing those clothes when Peter arrived.

When Jesus made Jairus’s daughter become alive again, he sent most people out of the room (Mark 5:38-42). Only Peter, John, and James stayed. Also, Jairus and his wife stayed. Probably Peter remembered this. Now he sent the people here outside, too. He kneeled down and he prayed. Then he said some words in Aramaic. He said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Jesus had said to Jairus’s daughter, ‘Little girl, get up.’ The same thing had happened then too. Dorcas, like Jairus’s daughter, became alive again!

Then Peter showed her to two groups of people. He showed her to the believers. He did this to make their faith even more vital. He also showed her to the widows. So, then they would know that they still had help.

It’s important to study the kind of people that cried for Dorcas to be brought back to life. They are the people who will appreciate the little you do for them and fight your course for you.

🔷 Be compassionate to the poor and the vulnerable in the society

🔷 The thing to do in times of trouble is to call on the name of God and seek His assistance

🔷 No need to show off ourselves with what used to do. God Himself has ways to do that.

💥 Pray for widows
💥 Ask God to help you show compassion to the rest

Giving to and supporting the poor is just like investing in one’s own future. The poor end needy will appreciate you and speak for you with good testimonies. They will be there for you in all your troubles.

In series Bright Morning Reflections