- Acts 9:40-43
- Acts 9:40 (KJB)
- But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning
him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and
when she saw Peter, she sat up.
- Just as Peter saw Jesus do in Luke 8 when He raised the daughter of
Jairus from the dead, He put everyone out except Peter, James, and John.
Just as the attitude in the home of Jairus was one of laughing and ridicule
when Jesus told them that the maid was only sleeping, it was not conducive
to a holy moment when Jesus was going to raise her. Peter also knowing that
crying and wailing would also not be conducive to what he was about to do
had told everyone to leave the room. Peter then knelt down and prayed to God
and then he arose and looked at the body and commanded Tabitha to arise. The
word “arise” in the Greek is in the Imperative mood making it a command.
When Peter did that, she had opened her eyes and sat up. Death has to flee
when the Lord Jesus Christ is on the scene.
- Acts 9:41 (KJB)
- And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had
called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
- Peter then gave her his hand and helped her to her feet and when she was
out of bed, Peter then called in all the people, both the Saints (those that
were saved) and the widows (those that were not saved yet.) They entered the
room and saw that she was alive and on her feet. There must have been one
great prayer and praise session that night at her house. What fulfillment of
John14:6. (John 14:6 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is the life as He gave her back her earthly life,
which is just a small thing in comparison to the life all believers will
- Acts 9:42 (KJB)
- And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.
- This miracle resurrection had become known all over Joppa. The real
proof was when Dorcas left her home and went out. The fact that the people
were seeing her was testimony in itself of the resurrection power of God.
The greatest result of this miracle was that many people had believed in the
Lord. (Mark 16:20 KJV) And they went forth, and preached every
where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs
following. Amen. The Lord had given these signs as
confirmation of their ministry and that they were true disciples of the
Lord. The town of Joppa was destroyed in 68 A.D. As a result of this
miracle, many would have gone to Heaven because of their being saved in
- Acts 9:43 (KJB)
- And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a
- Peter had stayed in the town of Joppa probably to disciple those who had
become saved as a result of the raising of Dorcas. Peter stayed with Simon
the Tanner. Those who were tanners normally did that trade away from the
towns because of the bad odors that would emanate from working with hides.
The tanner would tan the hides or would turn them into leather. This trade
was considered by the Jews to be unclean because of the fact that a person
had to touch the dead carcase of an animal and would also have to have blood
on their hands. Peter is also showing here by staying with him that he was
not under the law but was under Christian liberty to remain there because
being in Christ, one cannot be made unclean by associating with a tanner.