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 experience.
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 Christ.
Acts 9:43 (KJB)
And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
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.