December 30, 2020 – Wednesday
Acts 9:40-43 NIV
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.
41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.
42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.
Joppa is a port city on the West coast of Israel on the Southern edge of modern-day Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean Sea. On a tour of Israel about 7 years ago, we visited Joppa and went by what was believed to be the site where Peter worked with the tanner Simon.
But looking at our verses for today, who did Peter send out of the room before he got down on his knees to pray? Backing up a few verses we find, 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
In this chapter we had been reading about Saul, but in verse 32, it switches over to Peter, telling us, 32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. Lydda is not far from Joppa, that is why when Tabitha died two men were sent for Peter asking him to come to Joppa with them. They were hoping Peter could perform a miracle and bring Tabitha back to them. That is what God did after Peter sent the widows from the room with Tabitha’s body whereupon he prayed. Note what Peter said to Aeneas when he was healed, Jesus Christ heals you. Peter knew it no he who was healing anyone, but Jesus.
It would be wise to be aware that Tabitha was not resurrected. Instead, like Lazarus she was returned to her returned to her regular normal life where she would die again. We don’t know why Tabitha was chosen to return to life when others were not. But we do know as the news of her being raised up back to like spread all over Joppa, many people believed in the Lord. In their own way they were raised to life as well as they had been dead in their sins before.
When we see people whose lives are miraculously changed by the faith and belief in Jesus and the One who sent Him, we are seeing modern day miracles of a sort that cannot be denied. The knowledge of these modern-day miracles strengthens our faith and deepens our belief making it easier to stand and to stand firm as well as to tell other people of the good news of Jesus Christ. Maybe, just maybe, that is His purpose for making us aware of His many miracles.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You so much for Your Son and salvation through Him. He is the greatest miracle You have revealed to us. Yet in our own lives and those of others You reveal Yourself to strengthen us. Thank You. – In Jesus name. Amen.