Aeneas & Tabitha

As Peter went through all parts of Israel, he visited the saints in Lydda (254). There he met Aeneas, a man who was paralyzed & had been bedridden for 8 years.

Peter simply said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.”  And Aeneas got up immediately!

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All the people in Lydda & in the nearby town of Sharon, who became aware of this miracle, also became believers.

In another nearby town of Joppa, there was a student of Jesus named Tabitha, also sometimes called Dorcas. She was always doing good works & charitable deeds.  But one day she suddenly became sick & died.

After preparing her body for burial & laying her in an upper room, the other believers sent two messengers to Lydda to beg Peter to come to Joppa right away.

When Peter arrived in Joppa, they brought him to the upper room where the body of Dorcas had been laid.  All the widows were weeping; they showed Peter the tunics & garments which Dorcas had made while she was alive.

Peter put them all out of the room, and then he knelt down & prayed to God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Peter turned to the body & said, “Tabitha, get up.” The young woman opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up!

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Peter gave her his hand & helped her to her feet.  Then he called in the saints & widows, and he returned Tabitha to them, alive & well.

As this became known throughout Joppa, many people believed in Jesus. So, after finding lodging in the home of Simon (a tanner), Peter stayed many days in that town.

 

(254) Acts 9:32-43

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