A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
<p>”AEneas and Dorcas”, Acts 9:32) And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. 33) And there he found a certain man named AEneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy (paralyzed). 34) And Peter said unto him Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. 35) And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, ad turned to the Lord. 1Chronicles 5:16. 36) Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. James 1:27. 37) And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38) And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39) Then Peter arose and went with them, When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40) 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. 41) And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42) And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. John 11:45. 43) And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
Matthew Henry’s Complete Bible Commentary – (v.32) Peter passed through all quarters. As an Apostle, to confer the Holy Ghost on those that believed, and to ordain ministers, and went about doing good; but still his head-quarters were at Jerusalem, (v.33) Aeneas case was very deplorable: he was sick of the palsy (paralysis). The disease was extreme, for he kept his bed eight years; Christ chose such patients as this, whose disease was incurable in a course of nature, to show how desperate the case of fallen mankind was when He undertook their cure. When we were without strength, as this poor man, He sent His word to heal us. (v34) (1.) AEneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole. Peter does not pretend to do it himself by any power of his own, but declares it to be Christ’s act and deed, directs him to look up to Christ for help, and assures him of an immediate cure. “Arise and make thy bed, that all may see thou art thoroughly cured.” “Arise, and make thy bed, to be to thee no longer a bed of sickness, but a bed of rest.” (3.) Power went along with this word: he arose immediately, and no doubt very willingly made his own bed. (v35) All that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord. Isa. 65:10 . They all made enquiry into the truth of the miracle, but saw him that was healed, and saw that it was a miraculous cure that was wrought upon him by the power of Christ, in His Name. 2. They all submitted to the convincing proof and evidence there was in this of the divine origin of the Christian doctrine, and turned to the Lord Jesus. (V36-43), v36, v 37. Tabitha lived at Joppa, a sea-port town in the tribe of Dan, where Jonah took shipping to go to Tarshish, now called Japho. 2. Tabitha, a Hebrew name, the Greek for which is Dorcas, both signifying a doe, or hind, or deer, a pleasant creature. She was a disciple, one that had embraced the faith of Christ and was baptized; and not only so, but was eminent above many for works of charity. She showed her faith by her works. (v.37) In those days she fell sick, and died. It is promised to those who consider the poor, not that they shall never be sick, but that the Lord will strengthen them upon the bed of languishing, Ps. 41:1, 3. They cannot hope that they shall never die, but they may hope that they shall find mercy of the Lord in that day, 2 Tim. 1:18. Her friends and those about her did not presently bury her, as usual, because they were in hopes Peter would come and raise her to life again; They laid her out in her grave-clothes in an upper chamber, which was probably the public meeting-room for the believers of that town; and they laid the body there, that Peter, if he would come, might raise her to life the more solemnly in that place. (v.38) Lydda, where Peter now was, was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples at Joppa had heard that Peter was there, and that he had raised AEneas from a bed of languishing; and therefore they sent him two men, to make the message the more solemn and respectful, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them; Their friend was dead, and it was too late to send for a physician, but not too late to send for Peter. (v.39) Peter arose and went with them. He found the corpse laid in the upper chamber, attended by widows, probably such as were in the communion of the church. The commendation of Tabitha was like her own virtues, not in word, but in deed. The widows stood by Peter, weeping. They take notice of what good Dorcas did while she was with them, but now she is gone from them, and this is their grief. There was great crowding about the dead body, in expectation of what would be done; (V40) but Peter put them all forth. By prayer. In his healing AEneas there was an implied prayer, but in this greater work he addressed himself to God by solemn prayer, as Christ when He raised Lazarus; but Christ’s prayer was with the authority of a Son, who quickens whom He will; Peter’s with the submission of a servant, who is under direction, and therefore he knelt down and prayed. By the word, a quickening word, a word which is spirit and life: he turned to the body, “Tabitha, arise; return to life again.” Power went along with this word, and she came to life, opened her eyes which death had closed. (v.41) he gave her his hand and lifted her up, not as if she laboured under any remaining weakness, but thus he would as it were welcome her to life again, and give her the right hand of fellowship among the living, from whom she had been cut off. And, lastly, he called the saints and widows, who were all in sorrow for her death, and presented her alive to them, to their great comfort, particularly of the widows, who laid her death much to heart. (v42) The thing was known throughout all Joppa; it would be in every body’s mouth quickly, and, it being a town of seafaring men, the notice of it would be the sooner carried thence to other countries. This was the design of miracles, to confirm a divine revelation. 2. Peter was hereby induced to continue some time in this city, (v.43) Finding that a door of opportunity was opened for him there, he tarried there many days. He tarried not in the house of Tabitha, though she was rich, lest he should seem to seek his own glory; but he took up his lodgings with one Simon a tanner, an ordinary tradesman, which is an instance of his humility and hereby he has taught us not to mindful high things. Romans 12:16. For those that humble themselves shall be exalted. Amen.