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From Trials to Triumph, Page 70

Chapter 14—The Gospel Goes to the Gentiles

This chapter is based on Acts 9:32 to 11:18.

In his ministry at Lydda, Peter healed Aeneas, who for eight years had been confined to his bed with palsy. “Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole,” the apostle said; “arise, and make thy bed.” “He arose immediately. And all that dwelt of Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.”

At Joppa, near Lydda, there lived a woman named Dorcas, a worthy disciple of Jesus. Her life was filled with acts of kindness. She knew who needed comfortable clothing and who needed sympathy, and she freely ministered to the poor and sorrowful. Her skillful fingers were more active than her tongue.

“And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died.” Hearing that Peter was at Lydda, the believers sent messengers to him, “desiring him that he would not delay to come... . When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.”

The apostle's heart was touched with sympathy. Then, directing that the weeping friends be sent from the room, he kneeled down and prayed God to restore Dorcas to life. Turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.” God saw fit to bring her back from the land of the enemy, that her skill and energy might still be a blessing to others.

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