In recent years, government officials have attempted to shed light on people who have been forgotten or omitted from history. Thus, February has been coined Black History month with March dedicated to women in America history. Unfortunately, timing is everything so unless you lived in a densely populated area, acts, contributions and inventions often gone unnoticed. With this in mind, I felt compelled to convey Tabitha’s testimony.
About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room, Acts 9:37.
Beside Jesus’ resurrection, the healing of Lazarus has gained most of the spot light in the Bible. Dead for four days, Jesus cancels the funeral, raising his corpse from the dead. Within the book of Acts, a similar healing takes place. According to Acts 9, Tabitha had been dead for some time, likely a couple of hours before Peter arrives. Following one of the principles of Jesus, Peter removed everyone who doubted God’s power from the room. Shortly after kneeing in prayer, Tabitha arose from the dead.
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, Acts 9:40.
Prior to this illness, Tabitha developed a reputation for helping the poor and doing good within her town. Although its unclear if funeral plans had been made, this miracle inspired many residents of Joppa to believe in the Lord. According to Acts 9:36, Tabitha was a female disciple, one of the first woman to receive this title. While March is a long way away, I felt it necessary to recall Tabitha’s life so that other women may be inspired to follow in her footsteps.
by Jay Mankus