March 16, 2022 –
At the time of Christ, the Sadducees had a cardinal doctrine regarding the resurrection. There was no resurrection of the dead. Yet, the Bible provides various cases of the dead being resurrected.
- The widow’s son in Zarephath (1 Kgs 17:17–22)
- The Shunammite’s son (2 Kgs 4:18–37)
- Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41)
- The young man at Nain (Luke 7:14)
- Lazarus (John 11:38–44)
- The resurrection of Christ (Matt 28:1-6)
- Tabitha/Dorcas (Acts 9:36–42)
- Eutychus (Acts 20:7–12)
Each case of resurrection has its message, including the story of Dorcas.
The revival of Dorcas provided validation of the power of God working through the Apostle Peter and why Dorcas was raised. The Book of Acts shows, “Dorcas was a disciple and was always doing good and helping the poor.” When Peter arrived, he found “All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.”
Acts 9:40 – 42 gives the summary of this story. “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.
We do well when we spend our time helping our neighbors.