Today’s reading: Acts 9:23-43
Today we read some very dramatic events. Saul is converted and is on fire for the Lord. He preaches boldly, so much so that his life is threatened. He escapes at night to Jerusalem and joins up with the Apostles.
Then we read of an incident that is truly remarkable but seems almost routine to the Apostles and the writer. Peter raises a woman from the dead. This woman is named Tabitha (aka Dorcas). What is particularly interesting is that it seems that she is raised from the dead as a reward for all the good works she had been doing. The bible states:
She was full of good works and acts of charity.
And when he [Peter] arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that [Tabitha] Dorcas made while she was with them.
Why does the Holy Spirit inspire the author to point out the good works of Tabitha? The answer is obvious – he cares what you do.
Tomorrow: Acts 10:1-23