Thank you to guest blogger and my good friend, Lisa West for sharing your thoughts on Dorcas. I appreciate your willingness to use your talents and share God’s words. I know everyone will be blessed by your discussion on the great faith of Dorcas.
We read about Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas in the Greek language, in Acts 9:36 – 43. ‘“At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner.”’
Acts 9:36-43 NKJV
In the first part of verse 36 Dorcas is said to have been a disciple. 36 At Joppa a certain disciple names Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. By the first part of this verse we know that Dorcas had been taught about Jesus and chose to be a follower of His. This very fact seemed to dictate her life as we will see. In the second part of verse 36 Dorcas seemed to have served many people with her time and talents, especially of sewing, as we will see in later verses. Dorcas seems to be “letting her light shine” as Jesus commands in Matthew 5:16. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
This shining light woman of faith, so impacted those around her that when she died there was much weeping in the community and the disciples of the community sought out Peter in nearby Lydda in verse 38. “And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them.” We are told that Peter came and was shown the many tunics and garments that Dorcas had made for the people in need and widows.
I feel three things make Dorcas a woman of faith: 1) she was taught about Jesus and became a disciple, 2) she let her light shine by using her time and talents of sewing to teach others about Jesus, and 3) Once Peter raised her from the dead, this became known and many people believed as a result. 42 “And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.”
Oh, that we could let our lights shine using our time and talents to let others see God in us daily.
Thank you Lisa for your wonderful thoughts on Dorcas as a woman of faith.
Until next time