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Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!” And immediately he got up. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture
1 Kings 17:17–24
2 Kings 4:18–37
1.What connections do you see to the overarching theme of taking the Gospel message to the ends of the earth?
2.What connections did you see within the additional scripture references? How did this enhance your understanding of today’s passage?
3. What similarities did you hear between the First Century church and the American church today?
4. NT Wright writes “And do not forget to celebrate, as Luke does here, the fact that the apparently ordinary people are not ordinary to God.” Who are the Aenease and Dorcas in our midst, those of great faith that are easily overlooked?