“On Location with Luke”-27

Highlights in Acts-Chapter 9

Luke has shared the conversion and early days of Saul of Tarsus and while God is working with Saul, Luke shifts to a look at Peter in ministry. Peter is on the move. As he "….passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda…." (From Verse 32).  There, a man by the name of AEneas, who has been bed-ridden for 8 years and suffered from palsy, was addressed by Peter in these words: "….AEneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole…." (From Verse 34). The man was cured and all those at Lydda and Saron saw him and they "….turned to the Lord." (From Verse 35). Nearby, in Joppa, a tragedy developed. A woman, whose name was Tabitha (who by interpretation was called Dorcas) and was noted for her good deeds, became sick and died. The disciples, aware that Peter was in the vicinity, dispatched two men to summon Peter to come and help. Praying for God's intervention, Peter spoke to her corpse and addressing her by name, he said, "….Tabitha, arise," (From Verse 40) and she did! Peter called the mourners to come and he presented her alive! This was known all through Joppa and many believed in the Lord. A sort of footnote follows: "And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon, a tanner." (Verse 43). There is fascinating significance in Peter's decision to stay with Simon, the tanner, for awhile. Selah!  We tend to notice the wonderful healings. Understandable, but we also fail to notice much about the praying. We can see God work in and through us, in proportion to our reliance on Him. How God uses you is up to Him. Nevertheless, He honors believing, fervent prayer.   Ron

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