Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Acts 9:36-42.

 

Here we have the narrative of Peter, through the Holy Spirit, raising Tabitha from the dead. This woman was described as “full of good works and acts of charity”. Those acts are later described as various types of clothing, which the text seems to indicate, were made for the poor since they were acts of charity. Some of the widows standing in the room when Peter arrived very likely were wearing some of the garments this benevolent woman had made. These good works appear to have made Tabitha beloved and well known.

Often times when we think of great works in the Lord’s kingdom, we think of knowledgeable and eloquent preachers, those who give great sums of money for the cause of Christ, and steadfast church elders and leaders. These people are absolutely vital in order for the church to grow and function properly. However, the saints who work “behind the scenes” are also indispensable: teachers of children’s classes, gardeners, song leaders, janitors, treasurers, personal workers, secretaries, encouragers, sound system engineers, computer experts, and the list goes on and on. It is probable that Dorcas did her good works of quietly sewing in the privacy of her home and giving alms to the needy without much fanfare, but what an impact it had on the city of Joppa. Apparently she was well known in the seaport town of Joppa, because combined with her charity and the demonstration of God’s power in raising her from the dead, verse 42 of Acts 9 says; “And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Even though we are not formally meeting at this time, please continue to do your good works; praying, studying, staying in contact with fellow members, checking on one another, and mailing in your weekly contributions. God bless you all as we strive to be pleasing to Him.

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