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Peter's mission to Lydda and Joppa

PETER'S MISSION TO LYDDA AND JOPPA  (ACTS 9:32-43)

Peter traveled throughout the region and came to Lydda and stayed with the disciples there. At Lydda, there was a man called Aeneas who was bedridden and paralyzed for eight years.

Peter said to Aeneas, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you, rise and make your bed”. Immediately, Aeneas arose and the people of Lydda and Sharon who saw this miracle turned to the Lord.

Then Peter went to Joppa where there lived a woman called Tabitha also called Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. For example, she made tunic garments for widows. Tabitha fell sick and died and they laid her body in an upper room.

The disciples sent for Peter to come and raise her back to life. The widows were in there, crying and showing off some of the clothes she had made for them while she was alive.

When Peter came, he sent all the people outside. He then knelt and prayed for Tabitha to rise up. After the prayer, Peter called her “Tabitha, arise”. Immediately, Tabitha opened her eyes and sat up.

Peter then presented her to the disciples alive. The news of the miracle spread throughout the Joppa and the people believed. Then Peter then stayed in the house of Simon the tanner for some days.


LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THE EPISODE
1. Members should be encouraged to care for others like Tabitha did before she died.
2. The prayer ministry in the Church is important.
3. The gospels should be accompanied by signs and wonders.
4. New members should be added to the church every day.
5. The power of God heals.
6. The story shows that the power of the Holy Spirit can turn any hopeless situation around.
7. It shows that Jesus can use Christians to perform miracles.
8. Wealthy Christians must be generous and helpful especially to those in need as Dorcas did.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STORY OF THE HEALING OF TABITHA OR DORCAS
1. It was common in those days for people in port cities like Joppa to have both Hebrew and Greek names. That is why Tabitha was also called Dorcas.
2. It was also possible that Luke only translated the name to benefit the Gentile readers.
3. The miracle was the first of such performed by an Apostle.
4. This was the only time, in the entire Greek New Testament, that the term disciple was applied to a woman.
5. The account did not mention any sorrowing by a husband this gives the impression that Tabitha did not have a husband.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS
1. a. Describe the mission of Peter in Lydda and Joppa.
    b. State three lessons that can be learned from this mission.

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