Story Of Dorcas In The Bible

The story of Dorcas in Acts 9:36-43 powerfully illustrates the truth that anyone and everyone can be saved. We are all sinners, but have hope still. People condemn us and we rely on God.

The story of Dorcas is recorded in Acts 9 and Acts 21. The story speaks of Dorcas as a woman who gathered and distributed to the poor people under her care. She made clothes for those who needed them.

Dorcas is a woman named in the biblical book of Acts (9:36-43). When we let God take control of our life, when we commit to Him, He can do miraculous things. Dorcas was a widow and she gave her daily living to God. She did good works among the people with her charitable giving and by making clothes for those in need. Throughout this book you will find other examples of people doing Christ like works. These individuals put God first and touched the lives of others with the love that God has given to them. The ESV Bible Psalm 116:12 says, “What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” Other translations say “Benefits” or “Refuge” or “For all he has done for me.” All of us have seen how wonderful it is when people give of themselves in service to others – firemen helping a woman out of a burning building; someone who visits an Aged Home doing small chores like making beds, cleaning dishes; even man on the beach who helps another who fell off his surf board by wrapping him in his big beach towel. Jesus stated in Mark 9:41 that what we do

Dorcas was a woman who lived in Joppa. She was a devout woman who gave money to the poor and made clothes for the needy. Dorcas was very generous in what she did for those who were less fortunate. In those days, there was a man named Tabitha who lived in Joppa with her mother. She was a giver too, but not like Dorcas.

Story Of Dorcas In The Bible

Luke, the writer of Luke-Acts, tells the story of Tabitha, a disciple brought back to life after prayer from the apostle Peter. After she is washed and laid out in an upper room, Peter takes her hand and commands her to get up (Acts 9:36-42).

In seven verses, Luke presents Tabitha as much loved, and the miracle of her return to life leads many to believe (v. 42). Luke’s terse account contains praise, humor, honor, sadness, joy and insights on the faith of the early church. Tabitha is so beloved and so essential to the life of her believing community in Joppa, a port city near the heart of modern Tel Aviv, that others cannot imagine life without her. Tabitha simply cannot stay dead. Her faithful community will not permit it!

Throughout Luke’s story, Tabitha remains silent. Luke speaks for her. In what could be considered a humorous touch, her only living actions are opening her eyes, seeing Peter, sitting up, being helped up by him, and being presented alive to the believers and widows (vv. 40-41).

Story Of Dorcas In The Bible

Dorcas, or Tabitha, in the Bible lived in the town of Joppa, a city on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Dorcas was also called Tabitha—Dorcas is a Greek name meaning “gazelle,” and Tabitha is the Aramaic rendering of the same name. Dorcas, or Tabitha, was a charitable person who made things, especially clothing, for the needy in Joppa. The story of Dorcas in Acts 9 is notable because Peter raised her back to life after she had died.

Dorcas was known for her good works and acts of love for the poor (Acts 9:36); she was much loved in the community of Joppa. When she became ill and died, the believers who knew Dorcas heard that Peter was in the nearby town of Lydda, and they sent for him. The Bible does not specifically say that the disciples at Joppa were hoping for Peter to resurrect Dorcas, but they did call urgently for him (Acts 9:38). When Peter arrived at the home where Dorcas’ body had been laid out, he went up to see the body. There were many widows there, weeping. They all showed Peter “the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them”—tangible evidence of Dorcas’ loving service (Acts 9:39).

What happened next is proof that our God is full of glorious, unrestrained power: “Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord” (Acts 9:40–42).

Bringing Dorcas back from the dead was not done for Dorcas’ sake—Peter knew she was in paradise, with Jesus, and that her life after death was preferable to her life on earth (see Luke 23:43). Peter’s motive, at least in part, for raising Dorcas to life may have been for the sake of the widows and others in Joppa who needed the help Dorcas could provide. The resurrection of Dorcas was also a major reason so many people in Joppa believed. This miracle performed in the name of the Lord led many to faith in Christ.

Dorcas is a fine example of how we are to meet the needs of those around us. Christians are to “continue to remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10). Part of “religion that God our Father accepts” is “to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27). This was the type of religion Dorcas practiced.

We also see in the story of Dorcas how the Body of Christ functions as a whole. We are united in Christ, and the believers in Joppa mourned the loss of Dorcas as a close family member. “There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it” (1 Corinthians 12:25–26). Dorcas was one of their own, and her absence left a huge void in their lives.

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